Dismas Babyamaiso, the LCI Chairperson of Nsonga landing site, recounted that the hippo seized Zawadi and submerged with him into the depths of Lake Albert before fatally attacking him.
Fishing boats on Lake Albert. A hippo has killed a fisherman on the lake Albert waters in Kikuube.
has killed a fisherman on Lake Albert in Kikuube district. The deceased, only
identified as Zawadi, 40 a
fisherman associated with Nsonga landing site in Buhuka parish, Kyangwali
sub-county, lost his life on Monday evening at approximately 7 p.m.
Reports indicate that Zawadi had gone to
inspect his fishing nets at Nsonga landing site when he encountered the
aggressive hippo, which ultimately claimed his life. Dismas Babyamaiso, the LCI
Chairperson of Nsonga landing site, recounted that the hippo seized Zawadi and submerged with him into the depths of Lake
Albert before fatally attacking him.
The lifeless body of the deceased was
discovered on Tuesday evening, floating on the waters by fellow fishermen who
were on a fishing expedition. Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police
spokesperson, reported that police collaborated with local fishermen to recover
Zawadi's body. The hippo had inflicted multiple injuries on the victim,
including wounds to the neck, chest, and stomach.
Hakiza added that the body has been handed
over to the relatives for burial arrangements. This incident adds to a list of
others who have lost their lives to hippo attacks on Lake Albert. In June 2021,
two fishermen, Richard Opio, 27, and another known as Mugegere, both from
Bugoma-Kinya Landing Site in Kyangwali sub-county, were killed when their boat
was struck by a hippo, causing it to capsize.
In December 2022, a fisherman named Emmanuel
Omirambe, 35, from Kyehoro landing site in Kabwoya sub-county in Kikuube
district, drowned in Lake Albert after a hippo attacked his fishing boat,
leading to its overturning. Additionally, in September 2022, a hippopotamus
wreaked havoc by killing 12 cows and injuring 20 others in Kikuube district.
The hippo emerged from Lake Albert and raided Kyehoro lower and Kyehoro upper
landing sites in Nkondo parish of Kabwoya sub-county, leaving a trail of