HUMAN-WILDLIFE CONFLICTS

Reclaim riparian lands, fishermen tell state

They have been grabbed by restaurants, hotels and resorts

In Summary

• Last week, a fisherman, 46, was killed by a hippo while fishing at Kisui beach in Mbita

Some Homa Bay fishermen prepare for boat racing at Mbita town, Suba North constituency in Lake Victoria.
Some Homa Bay fishermen prepare for boat racing at Mbita town, Suba North constituency in Lake Victoria.
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO

Homa Bay fishermen yesterday urged the government to take action against people who encroach on riparian lands to end human-wildlife conflicts.

Homa Bay BMU chairman Edward Oremo said many business premises have been set up along the lake, inhibiting wild animals from accessing their grazing areas.

 

“Crocodiles, alligators and hippos can’t bask in the sun freely nowadays because the space is no more. Humans have taken riparian lands for private use,” Oremo told journalists in Homa Bay town.

He cited restaurants, hotels and resorts.