By DAWID AILI

A 57 – year – old resident of Siliumbu village in the Zambezi Region was attacked and killed by an elephant, in the evening of 24 July 2022.

The victim and his friend were reportedly attacked whilst on their way home, and the victim died at the scene. His friends managed to escape to safety and inform the police only on the next day.

The elephant was put down yesterday by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Tourism (MEFT) officials, according to the spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda.

 We understand that the deceased and other 2 people were coming from a different village to the next, when they were attacked by the elephant. The other two escaped the attack with one of them sustaining minor injuries” he said.

It is alleged that the body was recovered in the morning on the 25th May by the officials of the MEFT when they were responding to the report.

“This is a very unfortunate incident which is regrettable by the ministry. We do not wish to see Namibian lives lost as a result of wild animals. Staff members are in the area aiding where possible” he added.

The Ministry has added that the revised policy on Human-Wildlife Conflict – community Conservation Namibia (HWC) management in Namibia has provisions for funeral cover/assistance to victims of HWC to the amount N$100 000. However, this is not to payback for the loss of a life but to assist the family in making funeral arrangements.

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