Tension is high in Kanyangeya
cell in Nyamwamba division in Kasese district because of a stray hippopotamus
roaming the area. Kanyangeya cell is adjacent to River Nyamwaba.
The hippopotamus that
escaped from Queen Elizabeth national park has taken advantage of the stagnant water
that has remained in the area following the flooding by River Nyamwaba in May
Over 50 households who were displaced from the area by the raising
water level depend on the stagnate water for domestic use.
Umar Tusiime, one of the area residents, says the
hippo has been roaming the area since June this year. Tusiime says the hippo is
a threat to their lives especially young children and those who returned to
their dilapidated houses.
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Moses Kasosizi, another resident says the hippopotamus
invades the area during evening time when majority of the families are going
about with domestic chores.
Kasozi wonders why it has taken Uganda
Wildlife Authority this much long intervene.
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Andrew Musiime, another resident says the animals recently
injured his friend as he went to fetch water from Nyamwamba.
Harriet Kabugho, the area councilor, says they are in talks
with Uganda Wildlife Authority officials to come and return the animal to the
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Pontius Ezuma, the Chief Warden Queen Elizabeth National Park
told URN this morning that would dispatch a team to take the hippo out of the
He is optimistic that they will avoid such problems in
the near future while they complete the erection of their electric fence around
the park. Hippos live in water and move out at night in search for food.