Crocodile eats pregnant woman in Kaliro

Over 100 residents from nearby landing sites of Wairaka, Wanyange and Ntinkalu gathered at Kakira landing site to watch Uganda’s giant man eater being brought to the lake Victoria shores by UWA officials in April this year. AFP photo

A two month pregnant woman has been eaten up by a crocodile in Kaliro district. The deceased has been identified as Dementilia Nabwire, a 25year oldresident of Bugolyo village in Nawaikoke sub-county.
The area LC1 chairman Mr Fred Wako says the deceased had gone to collect fire wood with colleagues at the shores of lake Nakuwa which is a branch of lake Kyoga in Kaliro when the crocodile snatched her.
He says police have embarked on the hunt for the crocodile that disappeared into water after snatching the deceased.
In April this year Uganda Wildlife officials captured a killer crocodile which is said to have eaten six people in Jinja and Mayuge districts on the shores of Lake Victoria after a four-day hunt in Kakira sub-county, Jinja.

According to UWA officials, the approximately 80 year old reptile weighed about 1000 kilogrammes (1 tonne), only 47 Kgs less than the former world’s heaviest crocodile known as Lolong.
Lolong was a 21ft, one-tonne saltwater crocodile from Philippines. It died on February 10, 2013 at the age of 50.

Some of the past attacks

A number of residents have been attacked and others killed or injured in various crocodile attacks over the years.

September 2009 when Matovu Razak, a 12-year old pupil of Katwe Primary School, was attacked and killed while fetching water.

In December 2010, James Byaruhanga, a fisherman from Kakoni parish, was attacked while checking his fishing nets but survived with minor injuries.

Mbambu Jonice, 13, was attacked and killed in January 2011 while washing clothes by the lake. In December the same year, Mazinga, a resident of Kakoni, survived a crocodile attack while washing utensils.

Joshua Tugume, a Katwe Boarding Primary School Primary Three pupil was also attacked and killed in December 2011, followed by Joshua Tugume in February the following year.