Zodiak Online (Malawi)

Thirteen elephants are said to have bolted from the park.

Thirteen elephants are said to have bolted from the park. – File photo

Traditional leaders in Nkhotakota have asked for urgent action from wildlife officials to deal with elephants which have been spotted in the district, bringing fear among communities.

Traditional Authority (T/A) Mphonde said his area is one of those where the elephants are roaming about. He said park officials have yet to intervene despite being made aware of the matter.
T/A Mphonde said the incident has paralyzed development activities as people are living indoors in fear of the elephants and learners are being forced to stay away from school.

 

“My people may experience hunger as these elephants have also destroyed some of our gardens since we have not yet harvested our rice,” he said.

 

Manager for the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve Sam Kamoto said they are working to rectify the problem, admitting there are facing operational challenges.

Thirteen elephants are said to have bolted from the park, threatening the areas of Kalirangwe, Kawerenga, Kabulu, Pendwe and Chizuma.

(By Mary Kadewere)

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