Over 40 buffaloes have strayed from Akagera National Park in Rwanda and gone on rampage destroying peopleâ€™s crops and forcing many to flee the villages of Mwiri and Murundi in the district of Kayonza.
Over 40 buffaloes have strayed from Akagera National Park in Rwanda and gone on rampage destroying people’s crops and forcing many to flee the villages of Mwiri and Murundi in the district of Kayonza.
The buffaloes started storming the villages on Tuesday evening.
Residents in the area say that the herd of buffaloes attacked Mucucu and Kagyeyo villages of Mwiri and Murundi sectors.
The mayor of Kayonza John Mugabo says that the attack by animals has inconvenienced the locals especially the farmers.
He says a big herd of buffaloes have been spotted by the villagers roaming in the outskirts. Mugabo is not sure if the buffaloes jumped over the fence or were mistakenly fenced out.
The mayor adds that recently a leopard escaped from the same national park and killed seven cows and injured two people. Park officials eventually managed to track the big cat down and return it to the protected area.
Mugabo says that the animals will be pushed back into the park with the assistance of Rwanda Development Board.
Mugabo says that there is a big herd of buffaloes moving around villages and that the authorities were not sure whether they jumped the fence or were fenced out of the park. Saying that the National Park but says that they have at times been jumped by animal.
The mayor says that recently a leopard had escaped from the same National Park Killing seven cows and injuring two people.
The police spokesperson for Eastern region Benoit Nsengiyumva says that so far no one has so far been hurt by the animals.
He says that the Police, Rwanda Development Bank and park managers were doing everything it takes to herd the animals back into the park.
Locals are however unhappy that a definitive solution has not been found for repeated animal attacks.
Recently the government of Rwanda embarked on a move to put in place an electric fencing to keep animals from straying into homes of people living around the park.