A 20 year old man of Kalemba village in chief Nabwalya’s area was yesterday crushed to death by an elephant.
Muchinga Province Education Officer (PEO) Jobbicks Kalumba confirmed the incident to ZANIS in a telephone interview.
Mr Kalumba said the incident happened in the early hours of yesterday near Nabwalya primary School.
Mr. Kalumba named the deceased as Mulenga Kalemba who died shortly after being taken to Nabwalya rural health center.
The PEO added that Kalembal’s fate was witnessed by children who were going to school in the morning.
The children are said to have shouted for help upon seeing the elephant trampling on the deceased whose intestines were booted out while his head was crushed.
Mr Kalumba explained that the deceased was mentally disturbed and due to his violent behaviour, his parents resorted to be tying him to a tree during day time.
But on the material day when he met his fate which was on Tuesday afternoon, he managed to cut the rope and went loitering in the village.
The PEO added that the incident has affected many children who are now refusing to going to school for fear to be attacked by wild beast.
He has since appealed to the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to keep virgil of animals from going into villages.
In a related development, villagers of Mutekwe are living in fear as elephants from North Luangwa Park have gone on rampage destroying houses and crops.
Mutekwe Ward Councillor Enerst Kaluba told ZANIS that the situation has caused fear as pupils and teachers are failing to go to school.
Efforts to get a comment from ZAWA Senior Warden for Muchinga and Northern provinces Patrick Nyirenda proved futile.