Hippos on Rampage in Uganda

From The New Vision website in Uganda:

“A herd of hippos from Lake Kakyera in Rakai district has invaded three villages in Kakyera Sub County Rakai district destroying local people’s gardens valued in millions of shillings. Lake Kakyera is situated in Lake Mburo National Park.

John Magara, the district councilor representing Kakyera Sub County identifies the affected areas as Kabumba cell in Lwanga parish, Mukogote and Buyozwa villages in Lyakishana parish.

Magara notes that the hippos attacked the sub county over the weekend.

This comes less than two months after the same sub county was hit by drought that left some local people’s gardens and farms scotched.

Now, Magara wants the Uganda Wildlife Authority to make sure they lay strategies that will prevent hippos from invading people’s gardens again.

However, Lillian Nsubuga, the spokesperson for Uganda Wild Life Authority wants the local people around Lake Mburo National Park to work with the UWA’s community conservation department to prevent wild animals from attacking them.

She says if the two work together, they could implement strategies like digging trenches to protect the animals from crossing into people’s gardens.”