Fisherman killed by hippo in Zambezi

03 Mar 2016 19:20pm
KATIMA MULILO, 03 MAR (NAMPA) – A man from the Singalamwe area in the Kongola Constituency died of his injuries after he was attacked by a hippopotamus in the Kwando River in the Bwabwata National Park.
The 59-year-old Matende Mubone was attacked by a hippo while fishing illegally in the river during the early hours of Monday morning.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s spokesperson at Katima Mulilo, Warrant Officer Kisco Sitali told Nampa on Thursday the deceased was in the company of another man identified as Christof Puzo, 35, when a hippo attacked their canoe.
The men are both residents of Mwanzi village.
“Information we received from the survivor is that they were attacked by a vicious hippo that was in the water with its calf when they docked their canoe to fish. The boat capsized and both managed to swim to shore, where Mubone later died,” Sitali said.
He said an inquest has now been opened, and no charges of illegal fishing have been brought against Puzo at this stage. Sitali said the men were fishing while the ban was still in force.
A ban on fishing in the Zambezi River and its tributaries implemented in December 2015 by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, was lifted on Tuesday.