Destructive elephants return to Angola

16 May 2017 12:40pm
ONGWEDIVA, 16 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Ohangwena Region have confirmed that three elephants that terrorised villagers in the east of Ohangwena Region towards the end of last week have returned to Angola.
Spokesperson of the Ohangwena NamPol, Sergeant Abner Kaume Iitumba told Nampa Monday that officials of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism drove back the elephants at the weekend.
The three stray elephants wreaked havoc in the constituencies of Omundaungilo, Oshikunde and Okongo, where they destroyed crops in several fields.
“It was a problem to move the elephants back to Angola because they were hostile as some community members confronted and made them angry on several occasions,” Iitumba said.
Ohangwena regional councillor for the Oshikunde Constituency, Lonia Kaishungu-Shinana also confirmed the destruction the elephants caused to her fields in her constituency before they were driven back to Angola.
Kaishungu-Shinana said on Sunday that the elephants violently invaded a crop field at Oupili village after a large number of villagers gathered to see the mammals.
“They (elephants) came from Angola and it is where they returned on Sunday evening,” Kaishungu-Shinana told this news agency, adding that no casualties were reported on Sunday.
The human-wildlife conflict has become the order of the day in northern Namibia since last month when six lions escaped from Etosha National Park and started killing cattle in the Omusati Region’s Omutambomawe area.
The Ongandjera community from Omusati gwaShiningu in the Omutambomawe area on Thursday hunted and put down a male lion that was part of the four lions that killed a number of cattle in the area.
Three of those four lions remain at large as of the past weekend. The herd of about 20 elephants continued destroying crop fields at Amaupa village also in the Omusati Region and ruined eight of the fields last week.