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Kasese Man Succumbs to Injuries After Hippo Attack

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According to family sources, the hippopotamus injured the deceased when he went to fetch water from Lake Albert shores. The hippopotamus injured his right leg severely as it struggled to eat it off.
Mourners begin to converge at Ssentamu's home

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An elderly man in Kasese District has succumbed to injuries he sustained in a hippopotamus attack on Sunday morning. Ramathan Ssentamu, a resident of Kakoni village in Katwe Sub County breathed his last at Kilembe Hospital on Tuesday.

According to family sources, the hippopotamus injured the deceased when he went to fetch water from Lake Albert shores. The hippopotamus injured his right leg severely as it struggled to eat it off.   

Although Ssentamu was operated, he could not make it. His son, Ramathan Muzamil Bukenya, says that his father could not make it out of theater after losing a lot of blood.  He faulted Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA for failing to construct cages around water sources to protect residents from the game animals. 

  Bukenya, who does not expect compensation from the UWA for the attack on his father and two siblings called for intervention from the local leaders.

“Here two we have some children who have died, others are lame, yes UWA has a program to support communities but this doesn’t work for the intended purposes,” Bukenya said.  

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Cue out: …tiszikukora omulimo ogu.”//

The village vice-chairperson, Johnson Binanywa, said there is an escalation of the human-wildlife conflict in the village. He cited two separate occasions where two people were injured by crocodiles in the last two months. 

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Cue out:..mungeri nkegi.”//    

Fraha Aidah, a resident of the area suggested that the local authorities use the money from the revenue sharing arrangement with UWA to support the victims of the attacks.

//Cue in: “Baitu obutukuba tyafuna…

Cue out: ...batwairwe mumarwaro.”//

Efforts to get a comment from  the managers of Queen Elizabeth National Park were futile by the time of filing this story as the chief warden could not pick our repeated calls. 

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