By James Wainaina
Hundreds of farmers from Katibanga village in Kimorori location of Murang'a County have been left counting huge losses after a hippo invaded their farms and maliciously damaged their food crops.
The irate farmers who spoke to the press said the hippo that lives in the nearby Mukaba dam has damaged their maize, beans, vegetable, sweet potatoes and conget and has destroyed their farms leaving them counting that loss.
They say the dangerous and rogue animal has been a threat to school going children and the residents who go to work early in the morning. The press visited the Mukaba dam and found the hippo having good moments with cattle that went to drink water from the dam. It stayed for hours and this drew attraction from the residents who frog marched there to see it on the land.
A 70-year-old man narrates how he escapes death narrowly when he went out at night and found the hippo at his compound. He says he was left with nothing since the animal fed on his maize he was drying under the sun.
The farmers whose homesteads neighbors the dam where the animal lives, say their efforts to get help from Kenya wildlife bore no fruits and now they are planning to petition KWS to compensate them and their crops as they mobilize to take law at their hands, hunt, kill and feed on the animal.