-Chieftainess Chiawa of the Goba speaking people in Kafue district has appealed to the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to control the number of animals that are allegedly on the roaming around in her chiefdom.
Chieftainess Chiawa said elephants, hippos and crocodiles were terrorising her subjects by either killing them or eating up crops.
She expressed fear that more people might lose their lives in future hence the need for ZAWA to be proactive by cropping the animals and reptiles in the Lower Zambezi National Park and the Zambezi river.
“I am calling on ZAWA to intensify patrols to protect my subjects from being terrorized unnecessarily,” she said.
She was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
The traditional leader further lamented that some villagers have even shifted for fear of being attacked by the animals and reptiles.
Chieftainess Chiawa said government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, should find a lasting solution to the animal-human conflict that has been going on for a long time now.
She said a man of Mugurameno village was a fortnight ago killed by an elephant.
She disclosed that she had an audience with both government and ZAWA officials over the matter but nothing seems to be materializing quickly.
Efforts to get a comment from ZAWA authorities proved futile by press time.