Bundibugyo floods: Ugandans take to social media to praise “heroic” UWA ranger who saved people


A number of Ugandans, especially those on social media have praised Cpl. Hannington Agaba, a community conservation ranger with Uganda Wildlife Authority attached to Semliki national park for saving dozens of lives during the floods that ravaged Bundibugyo district.

On Saturday, following a heavy downpour, floods hit 12 sub-counties in Bundibugyo, leaving at least 16 people dead, whereas many others were left homeless after their houses were either swept or submerged by water.

However, amidst this state of affairs, photos of a man donning khaki trousers and a blue jacket making his way through the waters and as he rescued people made rounds on social media drawing the attention of many for the remarkable bravery exhibited.

At first many, thought he was a police officer but according to information from the Uganda Red Cross Society, he is a UWA community conservation ranger who is also a Red Cross Action Team member.

Never the less, Ugandans continued heaping praises onto him for the bravery.

“He should be given medal when the President is rewarding those who have served the country diligently,” posted one Myres Wasswa Ndyabawe.

“May God bless you Agaba Hannington. You are a hero to us the mountain people,” Andrew Bisoro posted on his facebook page.

Ronald Muhangani suggested that Agaba should be given a Rwenzori medal for his heroic act that saw him save people in Rwenzori region.

“Hannington you are a blessing to Uganda. You may not serve me physically but I thank you for being an example to me,” Mary Softa commented on a post about Agaba’s heroic actions.

“This gentleman saved lives with his selfless acts. Its people like him that our country needs more.

Blessings to you Hannington. You deserve a medal and a promotion,” one Jills Mugisha commented.

For Uganda Wildlife Authority couldn't help but join the bandwagon in praising their own for a good job done.

“We celebrate Corporal Agaba Hannington a Community Conservation Ranger in Semliki National Park for this selfless act of putting others first. Responding to community needs is what we stand for at UWA in whatever we do. We are proud of you Hannington,”UWA posted on their social media pages.



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