Lions forced Onguta mobile school to close indifinitely

07 Jul 2017 16:20pm
OPUWO, 07 JUL (NAMPA) – The mobile school in Onguta village in the Kunene Region has been closed indefinitely for the safety of learners and teachers because of lions roaming the area for the past few weeks.
Sesfontein Constituency Councillor, Julius Kaujova told Nampa Friday three lions killed and ate two cows in a kraal on Tuesday evening at that village, and one of them attacked a young man the following day.
The villagers traced and killed two lions.
Kaujova said it is not known where the other lion is, leaving the villagers with no other option but to close the school.
Last week, another young man was nearly killed by a lion at the Oromauua village.
Kaujova said it was just by luck that the young man went into the house on time.
“Just after the young man got into the house, the lion killed a dog,” the councillor narrated.
Kaujova said villagers and farmers are complaining about the growing number of lions in his constituency, and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is reacting too slow on the worrisome situation.
He told this agency that he spoke to the management of AfriCat and was told the lions belong to the MET and not AfriCat. Those of Africat are collared and traced easily.
AfriCat’s mission is the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.
Another complaint by the villagers and farmers are that the fences of both the Hobatere Game Lodge and the Etosha National Park are old and can therefore not keep the lions inside.
MET Director, Christoph Amunyela on Wednesday told Nampa they are aware of the growth in the lion population and plans are underway to relocate some to other national parks.