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Stray Hippo and Buffalo Terrorise Kasese Residents

Tadeo Maate, the area LC I chairperson says the Hippopotamus appears in the area every evening from Nyamwamba River while the lone male Buffalo emerges from Queen Elizabeth National park.
Residents of Kanyangeye Cell in Kasese Municipality are living in fear of a stray Hippo and Buffalo that are roaming their area. Tadeo Maate, the area LC I chairperson says the Hippopotamus appears in the area every evening from Nyamwamba River while the lone male Buffalo emerges from Queen Elizabeth National park. 

He says the movement of the two game animals in the area has forced several residents to abandon their work for fear of being attacked. More than 300 youths who have been producing bricks on the banks Nyamwamba River have halted their activities. The youths were reportedly chased by the Buffalo, which has camped in the bushes along the foot path to their place of work. Maate says the stray animals have destroyed several acres of crop gardens. 

Jessica Gire, one of the affected residents says she is considering abandoning cultivating her garden for fear of losing the crops to the animals. She appeals to the authorities to come to their rescue. Mubarak Salim Nziranguma, the Defense Secretary Kanyangeye Cell says they notified authorities at Queen Elizabeth National Park as soon as the Hippo settled in the swamp that was formed during the May 2013 Kasese floods. 

The swamp measures about one Kilometer long and 30 meters wide. The swamp is found on a piece of land belonging to Ivan Mpondi Muhasa, a prominent elder and Kasese based businessman. Nelson Guma, the Conservation Manager Queen Elizabeth Protected Area has confirmed the presence of the two game animals.

 

 

He says the Hippo was attracted to the area by swamp that was created following the flooding. Guma says they will dispatch a team of rangers from Uganda Wildlife Authority to chase the animals away from the area. He has called for calm from the affected residents saying something will done to address their plight.

 

 

Last year, a stray leopard terrorised residents of Kamaiba ward in Central Division in Kasese Municipality. It injured four people before fleeing back into the national park.

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