Hippo Kills Herdsman In Hoima

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A stray hippopotamus has killed a forty-five year old man in Hoima, putting Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA on the spot for failing to hunt down and restrain the killer animals.

A stray hippopotamus has killed a forty-five year old man in Hoima, putting Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA on the spot for failing to hunt down and restrain the killer animals.

John Mwesigye, a herdsman in Tonya B village in Buseruka sub county, was attacked and killed by a Hippo on Saturday night at about 8’oclock. Gilbert Tumuhaise, a neighbour says Mwesige was caught by the aquatic animal as he went to visit another neighbour.

Tumuhaise explains that they heard Mwesige scream for help after the attack. It was too late to rescue him, as the animal had ruptured his intestines. He died on the spot. According to Tumuhaise, a huge Hippo was found at the scene and it only disappeared moments later.

The incident happened about 300 metres away from the shores of Lake Albert in Tonya B village. Tonya B village lies in the Kabwoya Wildlife Conservation area which covers the sub counties of Kabwoya and Buseruka in Hoima district.

Geoffrey Komakech, the Buseruka district councilor blames the attack on the laxity by UWA to hunt down the Hippos which he says have become a problem to the area. Komakech says for this particular Hippo a report was made recently to UWA and no efforts were made to hunt it down.

He says even though the attack has been reported, UWA is yet to respond. The incident comes less than a year after Santos Obita, a fisherman at the neighboring Ssebigoro Landing site in Kabwoya Sub County, was attacked by a Hippo inflicting huge injuries on his buttocks.

Santos was casting his fishing nets in the water at the time of the attack in July last year. On several occasions Hippos have paralyzed fishing on the Lake Albert as they scare away fishermen.

Local residents and their leaders accuse UWA of not doing enough to restrain the animals from straying into people’s areas of residence.

URN could not get a comment from the conservation area officials. Wilson Katemagwa, the Warden in charge of Kabwoya Wildlife Conservation Area, was unavailable at the time of filing this report.