Crime & Investigation

Karuma: Chinese Worker Crushed to Death by Raging Hippos

Police have mounted a search for Dr Kizza Besigye who is today expected in Bugiri, order Eastern Uganda for political rallies.

The law enforcement body insists FDC must wait for the nomination exercise of presidential candidates as provided by the Electoral Commission before holding campaign rallies.

According to the FDC’s plan, clinic Besigye will address a rally at 11:00am at Bugiri Taxi Park before travelling to Tororo for another public meeting.

However, police have staged roadblocks along the way to intercept Besigye. The first one is in Nakalama.

It is understood all cars are being checked by police. Besigye’s current whereabouts remain unclear.

In a statement issued today morning, Besigye urged security agencies to “’cooperate with us by shifting away from being hostile, confrontational, and aggressive towards the ‘Opposition’ to a professional force as enshrined in our constitution.’”

He said in line with our party elections roadmap, FDC commits to move to Eastern Uganda to “recruit, mobilize, interact and galvanise our supporters to regain their power and invoke their self belief to pursue and achieve our goal of political change.”

Police insist FDC must liaise with the law enforcement body during preparations for such functions to avoid chaos, disruption of traffic and destruction of property.
A Chinese national, visit web who quietly entered Uganda as a tourist before being employed as a worker at Karuma Dam on the Victoria Nile River in Kiryadongo, has been killed by hippos.


The shocking incident occurred at 8:00pm on Saturday.

Huang Dong You was in company of a friend as they returned to their dormitories after leaving their station when they confronted a pod of Hippos.

Hippos are considered Africa’s most dangerous animals.

Although accurate numbers are hard to come by it is estimated that hippos kill more people each year than lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes and rhinos combined.

Hippo pods are led by dominant males which are strong and dangerous.

Upon meeting Hippos, Dong and his colleagues took off for safety. However, Dong fell on the ground where the herd of hippos tore him into pieces.

Kiryandongo Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Linos Ngompek confirmed the incident, saying, “hippos are very many in this area and move out of the water at night to look for food.”

He said Dong’s body was later taken to Mulago Referral Hospital for post-mortem.

It emerged that Dong came to Uganda as a tourist only to find his way to Karuma for work.

A source said Uganda Wildlife Authority will not compensate Dong’s family as he lacked a valid working permit at the time of his death.

The development has also exposed Sinohydro Group Ltd. of China, the contractor of the electricity project, as an employer of illegal immigrants in Uganda.

How Hippos kill humans

One of the reasons hippos kill so many people per year is because the people do not know where the hippos are.

Suddenly they emerge in a high speed and people stand in their way hence getting injured or killed.

Hippos move fast like heavy tanks or panser wagons, clocking 30 km per hour over short distances.

According to researcher and traveller, Stein Morten Lund, it’s difficult to imagine that the hippos are dangerous for people.

They have big fat body and short thick feet.

They like cooling down and swim in the lakes. The hippos are so heavy that they sink directly to the bottom in the lakes without floating up. They can hold their breath for 5 minutes.

The hippos’ sight is not good, but due to their broad corpulent body, they hit most of their preys in a high speed and stamp them down.

They are not bloodthirsty like the lions and are not sleeping in the day as the lions and there are no other animals hunting them just as the same with the lions.

They are by nature very aggressive animals, especially when young calves are present.

Frequent targets of their aggression include crocodiles, which often inhabit the same river habitat as hippos. Nile crocodiles, lions, and spotted hyenas are known to prey on young hippos.

Hippos are very aggressive towards humans, whom they commonly attack whether in boats or on land with no apparent provocation.

They are widely considered to be one of the most dangerous large animals in Africa.

To mark territory, hippos spin their tails while defecating to distribute their excrement over the greatest possible area. Likely for the same reason, hippos are retromingent– that is, they urinate backwards.

Hippos are still found in the rivers and lakes of Uganda, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, northern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia, west through Ghana to Gambia, and also in Southern Africa (Botswana, Republic of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia). A separate population exists in Tanzania and Mozambique. They like to dwell in places with permanent water that isn’t too deep.


Hippos spend most of their days wallowing in the water or the mud, with the other members of their pod.

The water serves to keep their body temperature down, and to keep their skin from drying out. With the exception of eating, most of hippopotamuses’ lives —from childbirth, fighting with other hippos, and reproduction— occur in the water. Hippos leave the water at dusk and travel inland, sometimes up to 8 kilometers (5 mi), to graze on short grass, their main source of food.

They spend four to five hours grazing and can consume 68 kilograms (150 lb) of grass each night.

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