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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

‘Snake man’ visits ZAWA to request for a certificate to domesticate a Snake

General News ‘Snake man’ visits ZAWA to request for a certificate to domesticate a...

Rabson Mkandawire aka Dr Simbazako at ZAWA offices
Rabson Mkandawire aka Dr Simbazako at ZAWA offices

Rabson Mkandawire aka Dr Simbazako this morning visited Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) offices to follow-up on discussions for his certificate domesticate a snake.

Dr Simbazako, a traditional health practitioner, who arrived at the ZAWA just after 11:00 hours in the company of a friend, seemed high spirited and cooperative. He explained that the reptile is nothing but his grand father’s spirit.

“I could not come with the snake here, but as you know ‘spirits’ need to treated with the respect they deserve,” he said.

He said that since he took the snake to Chingwere Cemetery over the weekend, he has faced challenges in convincing the spirits to be brought to ZAWA for the certification and they have since given ZAWA 21 days approve his request.

“Mudzimu wa ambuya wa kamba at ni ba pase 21 days. Ni bo kalipa maningi. [My grandfather’s spirit is still very annoyed, so I need to give then 21 days].

Rabson was last week arrested by Kabwata Police who later handed him to ZAWA for being in possession of wildlife similar to a brown house snake. The snake is docile and Rabson claims is harmless even if stamped upon.

When the story broke, it attracted heavy media attention as it brought an interesting angle of the thin line between science and superstition.

ZAWA is making efforts to help him with a license to posses the reptile and give him handling guidelines so that in future the snake does not lead to public panic.

Rabson Mkandawire aka Dr Simbazako
Rabson Mkandawire aka Dr Simbazako

13 COMMENTS

    • @Ndobo, that Zibazako atleast is honest guy, he wants to do it legally and transparent. Not these other PF cadres who are denying that Kabimba didn’t plant something at State House.

  1. From the picture on social media, that snake looked like a harmless non venomous snake, surely you dont need paperwork for that…kids in England keeps those as pets.

  2. CAN’T LT JUST WRITE THEIR EDITORIALS IN SOME OF THE LOCAL LANGUAGES THEY MAY KNOW BETTER INSTEAD OF MISLEADING THE READERSHIP DUE TO POOR COMMAND OF ENGLISH? LT WAS ESTABLISHED MAYBE A YEAR OR SO BEFORE PF CAME INTO OFFICE WITH VERY POOR ENGLISH. ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT BY THIS TIME THEY WOULD HAVE IMPROVE. ALAS, TO NO AVAIL.

    • Peter my good man,
      your English is almost at par with queen Elizabeth herself. I say almost because you left out a ‘d’ in ‘improved’, and that’s it! But think about it. Queen Elizabeth was born over there in England and you were born here in Zambia. So in essence, your English is even better than queen Elizabeth’s. Everything considered ka.

    • @Nyau that is a very good observation, couldn’t have said it better myself and I quote “ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT BY THIS TIME THEY WOULD HAVE IMPROVE” end Quote! Omission of the letter D just rendered his argument null & void. Don’t worry Peter, am sure LT will listen and make things easier for you by implementing the local language request.

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