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Hippo kills man in Kahawa West

A man was on early Sunday morning attacked and killed by a hippopotamus at a private dam in Kiamumbi in Kahawa West.

The man, 29 year-old Paul Munene had gone to his farm along the dam to water his vegetables when he was killed by the hippo. The dam is in Patu estate.

According to the Kasarani OCPD, Augustine Nthumbi a neigbour who had gone to his farm at around 8:00 am to check on his farm too found a part of the deceased’s left leg and his blood soaked clothes.

“The neighbor then called the police and we found the body parts by the river. At the scene, there were signs that the decesed had struggled with the animal before his death,” Mr Nthumbi said.

His body was taken to the Kiambuu District Hospital Mortuary.

His family wants the Kenya Wildlife Services to compensate them for the loss of their breadwinner.

The attack comes just days after residents of Dandora asked the Kenya Wildlife Services to capture hippos they said had been roaming in the estate.

The residents said they had complained severally to KWS but nothing had been done.

They said the hippos were dangerous as they kept chasing school-going children the morning. 

KWS head of corporate communications Paul Udotto said KWS will look into the matter.