A herd of hippos that had invaded one of the ponds attacked and killed a worker at the Naivasha sewage plant on Monday night.
The employee was reportedly on his way to work when the incident took place. He was then taken to the Naivasha sub-county hospital where, upon arrival, he was pronounced dead.
His coworkers voiced their concerns, detailing how the number of hippos attacking the plant has grown over the past three years.
Naivasha Water, Sewerage and Sanitation Company (NAIWASSCO) staffer Antony Njogu noted that the workers are currently working in terror because the animals have camped at the plant since 2020, endangering their lives.
Following the attack, locals in the area, headed by two MCAs, gave the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) a 24-hour notice to enter the area and remove the animals.
A senior KWS official who attempted to intercede and calm the workers’ tempers had a difficult time as the animals, estimated to be seven in number, continued to camp in one of the ponds.