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Residents In Fear As Stray Hippos Wreak Havoc In Madi Okollo District :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Residents In Fear As Stray Hippos Wreak Havoc In Madi Okollo District

Mahmmud Guma, the LC 1 chairperson for Eyukinga village Ewanguru Parish says the hippos attacked his kraal at night and killed three cattle. He further noted that hippos do not only stray within areas near the river shore but other distant areas while looking for food.
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Local residents of Ewanga sub county in Madi Okollo District are living in fear following a series of attacks by stray hippopotamuses from the nearby River Nile.

According to the residents, the stray hippos have killed at least seven heads of cattle and an unspecified number of goats and sheep over the past three months. The residents say the hippos often come out of the River at night and strike their kraals while others stray in their gardens and homes.

The most affected areas are Loyi and Eyukinga villages in Roga and Ewanguru Parishes respectively which are located near the shores of River Nile in Ewanga sub county.

Mahmmud Guma, the LC 1 chairperson for Eyukinga village Ewanguru Parish says the hippos attacked his kraal at night and killed three cattle. He further noted that hippos do not only stray within areas near the river shore but other distant areas while looking for food.

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Ashraf Taban, a resident of Loyi Village Roga Parish who lost a cow, recalls that the hippos attacked his Kraal at around 3:00am in the night. According to Taban, although he reported the matter to the sub county authorities no action has been taken to compensate his lost cow.

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Swaib Atiku, the LC 2 chairperson of Roga Parish in Ewanga Sub county highlighted that the hippo attacks have become a major source of insecurity in his area and appealed to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to urgently intervene.

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However, Richard Anywar, the Uganda Wildlife Community Liaison officer for Ajai Wildlife Reserve in Madi Okollo district challenged the local residents to avoid establishing their kraals for domestic animals near the river shores since they are grazing areas for hippos. According to Anywar their preliminary findings indicate that most of the kraals lack a fence for protection which exposes them to such attacks.

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Meanwhile, Alex Abiribale, the Ewanga sub county chief, has appealed to the residents to be more vigilant and report such attacks to the sub county offices for further action and intervention.

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