A 20- year- old man of Kalemba village in chief Nabwalya’s area has been crushed to death by an elephant.
ZANIS in Chinsali reports that Muchinga provincial education officer Jobbicks Kalumba confirmed the incident today.
Mr Kalumba said the incident happened in the early hours of yesterday near Nabwalya primary school.
Mr. Kalumbamba who is on a 14-day mobile teaching service in the area named the deceased as Mulenga Kalemba who died shortly after he was taken to Nabwalya rural health center.
He added that Kalemba’s fate was witnessed by children who where going to school in the morning when they shouted for help upon seeing the elephant stepping on him leaving all his intestines out while his head was smashed beyond recognition.
Mr. Kalumba explained that the deceased was mentally disturbed and due to his violent behavior,his parents resorted to be tying him to a tree during day time.
However, on Tuesday afternoon the deceased managed to cut the rope and went loitering in the village until he met his fate.
Mr Kalumba added that the incident has affected a lot of children in the area who are refusing to go to school for fear of being attacked by wild beasts hence affecting the lessons.
He further appealed to the Zambia Wild Life Authority(ZAWA) to keep vigil on the wild animals from going into villages.
In a related development, people of Mutekwe are also living in fear as elephants from North Luangwa have gone on rampage destroying houses and eating their harvest.
Councilor for Mutekwe ward Ernest Kaluba told ZANIS that the situation has brought fear in the area as pupils and teachers were failing to go to school.
Efforts to get a comment from ZAWA Senior Warden for Muchinga and Northern provinces Patrick Nyirenda failed by press time.