Medical student matching Khalwale’s bullfighting skills
A 25 years old Hislope Muindi, is a rising bullfighting star after his bull was crowned the winner in almost all the competition it has participated.
Bullfighting is a popular sporting activity in Kakamega County that is cherished by locals. In early September fans flocked the iconic Malinya grounds in their thousands to witness the sport despite government directive banning huge gathering due to Covid19. This shows how locals put their lives in danger to enjoy an activity that has become part of their culture.
Mr. Muindi a clinical medicine and surgery student at Kenya Medical Training College, Lake Victoria Campus, seems to be following the footsteps of his fellow medic former Kakamega Senator Dr. Bonnie Khalwale who is the patron of the Bullfighters Association.
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In an interview with Daily Nation, the young bullfighter disclosed that his bull named Mandela has won 98 percent of all the fights it has participated in. Muindi noted that out of 15 competition Mandela has lost twice, one being to the famous Nasa that has been crowned severally at Malinya grounds.
The student physician told the publication got interested in bullfighting because of his passion for animals. He acquired Mandela at a cost of Ksh 150,000 through the support of his father and it has been going through vigorous training and care to remain fierce.
Mr. Muindi refuted claims that fighting bulls are fed bhang among other illegal stuff, saying bhang makes bulls hostile and wild to the extent of attacking people.
“If you feed your bull on bhang that could make the animal aggressive and dangerous even to the person handling it. All one needs to do is feed the bull well and care for it. The training you offer the bull is crucial in making it a champion bull,” said Mr. Muindi.
The Bullfighting Association now wants the Ministry of Sports to open sporting activities so that they can get back to action. Bullfighting Association Kakamega County coordinator Bonventure Munanga on the same interview said the bulls have become hostile attacking the owners.
“The bulls have become aggressive and dangerous after being caged for several months without being exposed to the fights. This is a big challenge to the owners who have to take them away from the homes and walk for long distances to calm them,” said Mr. Munanga.
Mandela is the reigning Vihiga County bullfighting champion.