The first incident occurred on October 12, 2023, when a man was monitoring his fields in Kayovu cell in Ndego sector.
He and a companion were guarding their rice paddies to prevent hippos from encroaching on their crops. In broad daylight, a hippo caught them off guard, injuring one of the men on the shoulder.
Displaying remarkable bravery, his partner attempted to divert the attention of the hippo, allowing them both to escape the danger.
Kabandana Patrick, the executive secretary of Ndego sector, confirmed the incident and underscored the threat posed by these animals, particularly during nighttime. He assured the community that steps would be taken to address this danger.
Another incident unfolded in the Murundi sector, specifically in the Buhabwa cell, at around 5 a.m. A 29-year-old man, preparing his land for agriculture, was unexpectedly confronted by a hippo that bit his leg.
Benon Gashayija, the executive secretary of the Murundi sector, revealed that the victim received immediate medical attention and is currently in stable condition. He also cautioned residents about the risk associated with these animals, especially near water sources that serve as habitats for hippos.
Local authorities are urging vigilance and advising against approaching areas where hippos are frequently sighted, especially after nightfall.