Man kills crocodile that mauled his 8-month pregnant wife
09 January 2015, 11:19
Kampala - A gallant man has killed a crocodile that mauled his 8-month pregnant wife, making him the hero of his village.
Two elders in his village have said they are ready to offer him their daughters as wives because of his bravery. He is yet to make up his mind.
50-year-old Mubarak Batambuze, a fisherman of Nawaikoke village in Kaliro district, 160 kms east of Kampala, killed the crocodile that killed his pregnant wife, Demeteriya Nabwire, and later called people to come and see it.
''He speared the crocodile in the stomach while it was resting after eating his wife,'' said village leader Sitoni Waigoobe.
Waigoobe said that Batambuze's wife, who was on her third trimester, had gone to look for firewood at the shores of Lake Kyoga when she was grabbed by the crocodile.
''As Batambuze was looking for his wife, he discovered that she had been eaten by the crocodile which was resting near the deceased's toes, fingers, clothes, slippers and mobile phone,'' said Waigoobe.
Batambuze said that he was very angered by the crocodile that he decided to kill it single-handedly.
''I bought a spear from a blacksmith and went out to kill the crocodile,'' said Batambuze.
After killing the crocodile, villagers carried him shoulder high through the village singing songs of praise.
A villager, Stella Namalwa said that Batambuze's wife was not the first person to be killed by the crocodile.
She said, ''At least 10 people in our village have been eaten by crocodiles in the past one year. We appeal to government to send people to capture the reptiles," she said.
Uganda Wildlife Authority offical, John Opio, said that the crocodile was 25 ft long and weighed about 1000 kgs. He alos observed that they are preparing to capture the crocodiles in that village.
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