A stray elephant has trampled to death a Serenje peasant farmer after he tried to chase it from his field.
The farmer of Mapepala area in Serenje district died after he was trampled on by the elephant on Sunday night.
Central Province Police Chief, Simon Mpande confirmed the incident to ZANIS in Kabwe today and named the deceased as Francis Kunda of Chief Chitambo’s area.
Mr. Mpande explained that the deceased had gone in the company of his friend named as Charles Chisenga of the same area to scare away three elephants which had strayed into his field at about 23 hours.
He said according to Chisenga, they tried to chase the animals by ringing bells and making other noises which made two of the elephants to run away but one charged at them.
Mr. Mpande said the angry elephant attacked Kunda ripping open his stomach hence killing him.
He said Kunda’s body was only recovered the following morning after Chisenga informed villagers that his friend did not return after the beast attack.
And Serenje District Commissioner, Stanley Chibwana who expressed shock at the incident said he would go to Mapepala area with Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) officers to assess the situation.
He also advised people in the area to always work with ZAWA officers when ever they were terrorised by wild animals.
Animals from the nearby Kasanka National Park in Serenje usually stray into Mapepala area.