Four stray lions from Lumimba Game Management Area [GMA] in Lundazi District have killed several herds of animals.
The lions are believed to be from chief Chitungulu’s area in the Malambo valley.
A total of ten cattle, two goats and two pigs have been confirmed to have been killed and eaten by the beasts that are also terrorising villagers of chief Zumwanda on the plateau of Lundazi.
Group Village Headman Fosi of chief Zumwanda’s area disclosed the development to ZANIS in Lundazi over the weekend.
Mr Fosi said the stray vicious lions strayed into the area last week and are causing sleepless nights to villagers.
He named some affected villages as Zakeyo Nyika, Photola Mwale, Shadreck Chiulu, Kashi , Kali and Dickson Phiri among others.
Mr Fosi also disclosed that some school-going children have also stopped attending classes for fear of being attacked and killed by the lions and named the most affected schools as Kapili Kabefu, Kavinake and Kiyema.
The group headman complained that despite reporting the matter to National Parks and Wildlife formally known as Zambia Wildlife Authority [ZAWA] office in Lundazi, nothing has been done to control the marauding lions and to safeguard the lives of both livestock and humans.
But when contacted for comment, Acting Warden for National Parks and Wildlife for Eastern Province in Chipata, Mumba Katele, could neither confirm nor deny about reports of stray lions.
However, Mr Katele, referred all queries to National Park and Wildlife headquarters in Chilanga, Lusaka Province, who could not be reached at press time.