Siaya residents decry hippopotamus menace


Hippo on Lake
File image of a hippo. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Residents of Yala Swamp in Alego/Usonga sub-county, Siaya County, have decried the rampant destruction of their crops by hippopotamuses.
  • The residents, led by Mathews Oduor of Magungu village, stated that apart from the destruction of their farms by the hippopotamuses, they also live in fear of being attacked.
  • Oduor lamented that due to the destruction, men in the region usually spend their nights in the cold because they have to guard their farms against invasion by the hippos, thereby subjecting them to a lot of risk.

Residents of Yala Swamp in Alego/Usonga, Siaya County, have decried the rampant destruction of their crops by hippos.

The residents, led by Mathews Oduor of Magungu village, stated that apart from the destruction of their farms by the animals, they also live in fear of being attacked.

Oduor lamented that due to the destruction, men in the region usually spend their nights in the cold guarding their farms against invasion by the hippos, thereby subjecting them to a lot of risk.

They are now pleading with the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) to move with speed and help the situation, adding that the weir which was constructed by the Dominion Farms Company should also be removed to allow free flow of River Yala water.

Oduor, who is a horticultural farmer, argues that most of the water was blocked by the weir hence creating a breeding zone for the hippos and crocodiles endangering their lives.

He lamented that whenever they seek help from the local authorities, they are told to dig trenches or fence their farms, which is quite hectic and expensive for them.

They now want the KWS to come up with a proper intervention to solve the problem once and for all.

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