Panic in Nyamasheke as leopard devours domestic animals, threatens human life

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 6 December 2019 at 11:45

Residents of Nyamasheke district have asked for help from authorities to hunt down a leopard that has so far killed a cow and tried to devour night watchers in Butare cell, Gihombo sector.

Residents say they have lost sleep and are afraid to go for work as most of them use a path through a forest where the said leopard has been seen several times.

“We were horrified to see how this beast left the cow’s Carcass; our children are on holidays, any of them could be the next victim as they collect firewood. We can’t sleep, can’t go to work, we live in constant fear,” said one of the villagers in the area.

“We call upon our leaders to do something to contain the leopard before it hurts anyone else.”

Residents say they have seen the beast in nights roaming the village. This has been going on for a while now as in March this year it killed a goat; on 21 November, it attacked night watchers as they were doing their round but escaped by diving in Lake Kivu.

On the night of 26th November, the leopard attacked a cow in a kraal at the home of Aphrodis Ndekezi, 65, in Rwamatamu village.

Jean Paul Harindintwali, the Gihombo sector executive secretary has called for immediate government intervention.

“We are calling upon the security authorities to capture the leopard before something worse happens. We are concerned that it can attack residents any time.”