Man killed by "sleeping" hippo
The local police spokesperson, Insp Tinaye Matake, said the incident occurred on Friday, March 12, at around 17:00. The victim was identified as Mr Munjomba Muvengi.
Matake said Mr Muvengi was drinking beer at a friend’s home on Friday, when two small boys came running to them, informing them that they had seen a dead hippopotamus at the grazing area when they were herding cattle.
“Muveni and two of his friends then went to the grazing area and found the hippopotamus. Upon arrival, they started throwing stones at the animal and it remained sleeping, giving them confidence that it was dead,” Matake said.
They all went closer and threw another stone at the sleeping hippopotamus, but it woke up and attacked the men. Two of the men and the two boys who were herding the cattle managed to run away, leaving Muvengi at the mercy of the angry animal. The animal bit him and stamped on him, killing him before going away.