22 Feb 2017 15:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 22 FEB (NAMPA) The Omatjete communitys fear that elephants might kill a person was realised on Tuesday evening at Omungambu village.
A 35-year-old man was trampled to death by an elephant, while his friend who was with him at the time of the attack managed to run away safely.
Fabianus Hivirikee Uaseuapuani, a senior councillor in the Zeraeua Traditional Authority, which rules Omatjete community, confirmed the incident to Nampa on Wednesday.
He placed the blame for the tragic incident squarely on the shoulders of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), for not doing enough to keep the animals away from the community.
We told them they must drive away the elephants, or kill the problematic ones before they [elephants] kill anyone, but it seems they did not take us seriously. Now look what happened, said the traditional leader.
The deceased and his friend were allegedly walking from a friends house when the animal charged at them.
The man who died allegedly tried to hide behind a tree trunk when the elephant attacked.
His name is known to this news agency, but could not be revealed as his next of kin are yet to be informed.
The councillor also noted that there was a specific bull regarded as dangerous and asked for the animal to be identified and put down.
It appears the one which killed the man is a young elephant, not the big bull, but it is from the same herd.
Uaseuapuani said rangers who were sent to the area a few weeks ago when elephants destroyed houses did not stay long, noting that one ranger only returned on Wednesday when informed about the fatal incident.
Director of Wildlife and National Parks in the MET, Colgar Sikopo could not be reached for comment.