Lake Victoria is fast losing its glory as the world’s freshest water lake. This has been occasioned by a myriad of problem that has continued to bedevil the lake. Top on the list is the unrelenting invasion of hyacinth weed, deposition of toxic chemicals by careless companies and lately the increasing water levels.
Apart from this, Kaloka Beach in Seme Constituency, Kisumu County has gotten the bitter share of the dwindling lake fortunes. Crocodile infestation and attacks have been on the rise, barely a month passes without a fatality case been reported. It is confirmed that this year alone, there have been more than 10 crocodile attacks along this tiny beach. Calls by residents and leaders led by the local MP, Dr. James Nyikal have landed on deaf ears. The nearby Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) camp at Ndere Island have been of little help.
Residents have vowed to take matters into their own hands and start hunting down the beasts. It is also a sad case for families that have lost loved ones since compensations from the government has not been forthcoming. Stakeholders forums and public awareness campaigns done along the beach has been in futility since the lake is the only water source around and residents are still forced to fetch water from there hence endangering their lives further.
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