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Marauding elephants kill three more people (Tanzania)
The Guardian Tanzania
October 12, 2019

The number of people attacked and killed by elephants in Mwanga district, Kilimanjaro region had reached four after three more persons were killed on Thursday evening at Toloha village.

Last week, elephants attacked and killed Majabu Lemahuna, a resident at Ngulu village in the district. Lemahuna was attacked by the big animals while collecting firewood in the bush.

Director of the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) which is under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Maurusi Msuha confirmed the deaths after he received information from residents of Toloha and Kigonigoni villages.

He called on citizens to report all elephants invasions to relevant authorities in order to get game wardens service, which will help avoid tragic incidents. The jumbos that have also injured seven other residents are said to come from Mkomazi National Park and Tsavo National Park in Kenya.

Speaking to this paper, Chairman of Ngulu village, Modesti Mvungi said the big animals are frequently attacking the villagers, adding the elephants also destroy farms. He said: “Elephants attacks people and destroy farms. They also invade houses and destroy stored food especially millet, maize and sweet potaoes.

In May this year, Motondi Shakanyi (26), a resident of Bukore Village, Kyambati ward, Serengeti district in Mara region was trampled to death by an elephant. The fallen Shakanyi, braved the elephants following an invasion of a herd of jumbos in their farm, but the ultimate end of her bravery was death.

Serengeti District Commissioner, Nurdin Babu said: “The incident occurred as Shakanyi and her relatives were attempting to drive the animals away after invading their farm and destroying crops”. `