According to residents, the hippos come out of the lake at night and wreak havoc in their homes. The residents say the hippos have been straying in their gardens and homes for the last two consecutive months.
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from Lake Victoria have killed 7 cows, 5 goats and destroyed over 24 crop
gardens in Busime Sub-county in Busia district.
The hippos rampaged in Busime
and Lukaba villages, which are on the Lake Victoria shores.
According to residents, the hippos come out of
the lake at night and wreak havoc in their homes. The residents say the hippos have been
straying in their gardens and homes for the last two consecutive months.
those affected by the last attack are Esther Taaka Okwinyi, Joseph Ouma,
Charles Ochieno, Everlyn Were, and Ronald Mudibo.
They have called for
government intervention to save them from further destruction caused by the
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Hamphrence Syambi Obala, Lukaba village LC I Chairperson, says the hippopotamus
attacked two residents, killed 7 cows and destroyed several crop gardens.
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Morgan Okuku Ohebera, the Busime village LC I, says their lives are at risk
because of the stray animals.
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Willber Ojambo Pamba, the Busime Sub-county LC 3 chairperson has asked
residents to be more vigilant and report any attack for action as they wait
for government intervention.
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Bashiri Hangi, the Spokesperson Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA appealed to residents
to avoid cultivating and grazing domestic animals near the lake shores since
they are grazing areas for hippopotamus.