A woman believed to be in her early 40s has been killed by an elephant in Chieftainess Chiawa’s area in Kafue district.
The woman was killed when she was guarding her maize field against the jumbos which have invaded the area.
Chiawa ward councilor (MMD) Boniface Chiyawa confirmed the incidence in Kafue.
Mr. Chiyawa said the incidence happened last night around 22:00 hours in Mugurameno village.
Mr. Chiyawa, who identified the woman as Elita Malasa, said this is the first death the area has recorded since January when elephants invaded the area to eat crops.
He said the incidence has angered the villagers who feel that little is being done by the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to control the animals from straying into villages.
He said as a way of expressing their anger, the villagers have since confiscated a gun belonging to a ZAWA scout in the area.
Mr. Chiyawa said the body of a woman, which has been mangled, is still lying in the maize field where the incidence happened because villagers are waiting for ZAWA officials to remove it.
He described the death of the woman as sad especially that the local people have always appealed to ZAWA to crop the elephants.
He said with the floods that have already washed away their crops along the river bunks, the villagers will this year starve because of the elephants that are feasting on their crops that have been planted on the high lands.