By George Murage
Residents scrambled for the meat of a hippo that had been shot dead by Kenya Wildlife Service officers at the Naivasha sewerage treatment plant.
Locals from the nearby Kihoto estate yesterday moved in to share the "free meat" unperturbed by the foul smell from the sewer plant where the animal died.
Armed with all manner of weapons and containers, the residents fought and jostled for the meat before KWS and public health officers moved in to dispose of the carcass.
The residents said the hippo was "God-sent". They said many of them cannot afford to buy beef.
Ibrahim Wekesa said the hippo had been attacking them in the last couple of weeks.
He said after being shot, the hippo sought refuge in an aeration pond in the sewer plant where it died hours later.
"Members of the public moved in and dragged it from the pond where they started sharing the meat either to sell or to consume in their homes," he said.
Susan Nekesa said the hippo's death was a weekend blessing.
"We are perturbed when we see government officers disposing the meat which would have acted as food for many families," she said.
Speaking on phone, Naivasha subcounty public health officer Caroline Vata called on members of the public to be keen on where they buying their meat.
"We have moved in and managed to contain the situation by disposing the carcass which is not fit for human consumption," she said.