Joshua Kananura, the Rakai District Police Commander, says that fishermen and the police managed to retrieve the bodies and took them for postmortem before handing them over to the deceased’s respective homes.
Two male teenagers in Rakai district have died in a hippopotamus attack in Lake Kijjanebarola. The dead are Kaggwa Ssekiranda,16, and Godfrey Mugabi,17,
both residents of Kirindamariga village in Lwanda sub-county.
The two were fishing in
Lake Kijjanebarola when the hippo
attacked them. It is said that the giant
mammal emerged from nowhere and hit their canoe forcing it to capsize. The search
for the bodies went on until Tuesday.
Joshua Kananura, the Rakai District Police Commander, says that fishermen and the police managed to retrieve the
bodies and took them for
postmortem before handing them over to the deceased’s respective homes. Kananura attributes the incident to the use of a small canoe, which was too easy for the giant animal to crash
Emmanuel Mukasa, a fisherman in Kirundamaliga, says that they have appealed to Uganda Wildlife
Authority to drive the hippos away from the community in vain. He says they are not willing to lose another
person because of the
negligence of UWA officials since the hippos stray beyond the 200 meters into
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Apart from threatening the fishing activities, the hippos have ravaged people’s crops, which may cause food shortages in the village and
the whole sub-county.
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Vincent Kabanda, the Kibona Parish councilor, says that several communities in the parish are equally
affected. He says that the
hippo invasion of gardens
and plantations as well as numerous attacks on human beings and animals has been a common concern among residents around the lake for years.
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He says they stray from their habitats, threaten lives and
destroy crops, adding that efforts
to control them have failed yet killing them is a crime.
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Charles Muliira, the Lwanda LC III
chairman says stray hippos usually roam different communities but they are
sensitizing people not to encroach on their habitats. Bashir Hangi, the UWA spokesperson, says that the problem animal capture team will identify the affected communities and drive the animals back to their habitats.
In October 2011, four people including a
toddler drowned in Lake Kijanebalora, in Dwaniro sub-county when a hippopotamus
attacked their boat. The deceased include Yola Kitebuka, and his wife,
plus Nayondo Muwonge and her one-year-old child.
They were returning from Kibona
landing site when the incident occurred.
In 2009, a herd of hippos from
Lake Mburo National Park displaced dozens of residents of Mukogote, Lyakisaana, Lwanga, Buyoza, Kyabumba
and Kacheera villages.