Panic As Stray Hippopotamus Roams Kasese Village

Umar Tusiime a local in the area says the hippo has been roaming the area since June this year.

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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 this year.

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 park.  

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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 community.  

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. 

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