Man attacked and killed by stray hippo in Nairobi


Nairobi, Kenya: A hippopotamus attacked and killed a middle-aged man at a private dam in Kiamumbi area near Kahawa West estate, Nairobi.

Paul Munene, 29 is said to have been at a coffee plantation near the dam when he was attacked Sunday morning.

Police and residents said his body had deep cuts in the stomach and legs when it was discovered several hours later. The badly mutilated body was later moved to the mortuary.

The farmer was working at the farm watering his vegetables when the animal that had wandered out of the dam confronted him.

A neighbour spotted part of the deceased’s left leg and his blood soaked clothes before alerting the police. Parts of the body were found in the pool of water.

The residents have raised alarm and are protesting against the presence of the animals at the site terming them a threat and menace to their lives.

Kasarani division police boss Augustine Nthumbi said they have called on Kenya Wildlife Service to go there and relocate the herbivorous animals.

“They seem to be many and live at a dam in the area but we have asked KWS to come and help in relocating them. They are causing harm to the locals,” said Nthumbi.

The Sunday killing is the second one in less than six months, he added.

The animals are being reared at the dam and police questioned the owner as they sought the help of the KWS to address the menace.

The family of the deceased argue the animals are supposed to be under the care of KWS and plan to seek compensation from the service.

Apart from Kiamumbi, the animals are also reared along Thika Road near Ruiru and Dandora where residents have been asking KWS to capture them as they pose a danger to them.

KWS head of corporate communications Mr Paul Udotto said the service will address the issue.

Source: Standard


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