Wed. Jul 17th, 2019

The Chitipa Lion Hunt Lingers On

As the lion hunt continues in Chitipa, people living in the areas of Kameme, Kasisi and other surrounding areas of traditional Authority Mwaulambya continues to live in fear as rumours indicate that there might be more beasts roaming in the district, contrary to earlier reports that it was just one lion.

In the third week of July people in the areas of Kameme and Kasisi began to live in fear after noticing that their livestock were missing and after research they found out that the cattle were being attacked by the lions. To this effect villagers equipped themselves with spears and axes to kill the alleged lions, but unfortunately on 19 July, while on the lion hunt 3 men were attacked by the beast.

The men are currently in critical conditions at Mzuzu central hospital.

Chitipa lion hunters lying in pain at Mzuzu Central Hospital

According to Chitipa police spokesperson, Sergeant Gladwell Simwaka, this is not the first time the lions have caused havoc in the district saying two years ago people around the same areas were terrorized by the beast but only that this year the situation has gone beyond human understanding.

Asked if the authorities have intervened to contain the situation, Simwaka says efforts are being made.

Commenting on the matter, Director of Parks and wildlife Brighton Kumchedwa says a team of wildlife rangers have been deployed to contain the situation. He however cautioned the public not to engage themselves into hunting for the dangerous animals but leave it to his department.

The victims are Mabatcha Sibale 18, Erick haonga 58 and Lingson Kauka 30. They all hail from Kasisi village in traditional authority Mwaulambya in Chitipa district and are currently receiving treatment at Mzuzu Central Hospital.

 

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