Man killed by rogue elephant on his way to polling station

A Kenya Wildlife employee was trampled to death by a rogue elephant at Rukinga Ranch in Maungu area of Voi as he went to cast his vote in the just concluded repeat Presidential elections.

His partially devoured body of Mr. Ambrose Nyange, 47 and his blood-stained clothes were discovered on Friday afternoon by the ranch security team who promptly informed the police.

Confirming the incident on Saturday, County Police Commander Fred Ochieng said Nyange had left the ranch on Thursday morning to cast his vote at Miasenyi area before he went missing.

Efforts by his family members to find him were futile until Mr. Eric Sagwe, the head of security at Rukinga Ranch, stumbled upon the bloody remains.

The deceased is said to have taken a short-cut within the expansive ranch towards the general direction of the polling station when he encountered a rogue elephant which gored and trampled him to death.

Hyenas and wild dogs in the ranch are suspected to have partly devoured the body before it was found on Friday evening.

Preliminary police report says the victim was on his way back to the ranch when he met his death.

The police collected the remains and took them to St. Joseph Shelter of Hope Hospital Mortuary awaiting post-mortem.

Area Member of County Assembly (MCA) Mr. Paul Waweru termed the incident as tragic and sent his condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased.

He said colleagues to the deceased were not sure if the victim was going to vote or was going back from the polling station.

The MCA said it was unfortunate that the victim decided to walk rather than wait for transport that was being provided by the ranch management to all the other workers who were going to vote.

He added that he was liaising with the administration of Rukinga Ranch and other local leaders to see how the family could be assisted.

It is very sad that we have lost human life to an elephant attack. We will move together and see how best to support the family members left behind, said the MCA.

The deceased has worked in the ranch for over 15 years and leaves behind a widow and five children; three in secondary school with one sitting for KCSE in 2017 and two in primary school.

Source: Kenya News Agency