February 22, 2018
Villagers in Okongue in the Omatjete area are living in fear of a lone
elephant which has been spotted around the village for the past few days.
Senior councillor and spokesperson of the Zeraeua Traditional Authority at
Omatjete, Fabianus Uaseuapuani, told Nampa today the animal is old and
lonely and in search of food.
It was also seen at surrounding villages such as Omutiuanduko and Okaseraue
“People are scared because the elephant can come straight to the borehole,
even when there are people,” he said.
The traditional leader said fortunately no one has been injured so far and
there has also not been extensive damage to property. The elephant has
however damaged a few pipes at boreholes.
Uaseuapuani said game rangers from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism
are in the area to monitor the situation and perhaps drive the animal away.
“I also received a report that a herd of elephants was spotted at Okonjanja
last week, so people are scared because last year someone was killed by an
elephant at Omatjete,” he said.
He cautioned community members to stay vigilant and watch out for the
Villagers can also inform his office or the game rangers when they see
elephants near their houses
(from Save the Elephants)