80-year Old Woman Survives Lion Attack, In Kasese Hospital

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In short
The lions roaming several villages in Kasese district have since Christmas day, attacked and killed six cows.

80-year-old Jojina Zomba, in Kasese, has survived an attack from a lion while she was rushing to rescue her cow that had been attacked by the wild beast.

She had ran out of her house after she heard the cattle mooing and bellowing at about 2:00am, Sunday morning.   
The lion seeing her approach, jumped on her, throwing her to the ground and sunk its teeth through her left leg. She cried out for help, attracting her neighbours.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network from her sick bed in Kilembe Mines Hospital, the elderly woman said, "I was only saved by the people who came out of their houses, responding to my alarm. They scared away the lion and it took off."

The old woman was then rushed to Kilembe Mines Hospital where, she is lying in deep pain. She looks vividly shaken.
The incident happened at Hamukungu fishing village, on Lake George, Kasese district.

Resty Mbabazi, who is taking care of her mother at the hospital; say on Christmas Eve, a group of lion killed five cows from a neighbour's kraal.
Medical workers attending to Zomba say she is stable and responding to treatment.

The area manager for the Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area, Nelson Guma, confirmed the incident and hailed the people at Hamukungu fishing village for not killing the Lion.

Guma said Uganda Wildlife Authority will however not compensate Zomba and those who lost their animals because the law does not cater for it.

Meanwhile, reports from Katwe-Kabatoro town council along Lake Edward and about 4kms from Mweya Safari Lodge, says three lions were seen in the town on Christmas day but left without causing any harm following scare alarms from the people.


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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.