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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.
Crops near the L. Kijjanebarola where the two juveniles drowned after a hippo attack

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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 within seconds.     

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 communities.   

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Cue out:…….. babiri mumazzi.”//     

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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Cue out……... kati katwelwanirire.”//     

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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Cue out:……..okusomozebwa kumu.”//    

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.  

//Cue in: “Nawe kenyini……….

Cue out:……….era byebimu,”//    

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.  

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