A 48 year old RTSA officer in Mansa is battling for his life at Mansa General Hospital after been attacked by a crocodile at the weekend.

Martin Chanda an Officer with the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RATSA) in Mpika in Muchinga Province was attacked by a crocodile on Lake Bangweulu in Samfya District.

Mansa General Hospital Public Relations Focal Point Person, Smart Malama disclosed that the incident happened on Sunday December 18, 2017.

Mr Malama says Mr Chanda who is admitted to Mansa General Hospital Intensive Care Unit had his right hand’s thumb amputated as a result of the attack and sustained severe bruises on the left hand and stomach.

He said Chanda’s condition which is now stable, is believed to have gone on a holiday with his family when he met his fate.

And Luapula Province Police Deputy Commissioner Frank Mumbuna also confirmed the incident which happened between 14 and 15 hours on Sunday.

Mr. Mumbuna says Chanda was rescued by members of the public after they saw him struggling with reptile.

He has since cautioned members of the public to stay away from the waters especially during this period that Lake Bangweulu is filled with water.

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  1. I lived in Luapula Province for 3 years and we would go to samfya beach at times for lake viewing and fun. I have never seen a sign post there warning people to beware of crocodiles. I know that first-time visitors get deceived by locals who tell them that “this side there are no crocodiles” yet crocodiles know where humans are found

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    • Nichisanguka, if they had searched in bushes they could have found clothes and shoes of a man who turned into crocodile.

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    • Nostradamus, I lived part of my life at Mulundu village and I noticed that each time a person was attacked by a crocodile (icibokolo), villagers would always accuser someone of having transformed into the beast. People used to be beaten and their property damaged. As I grew up I started wondering how possible and biologically a person could change his features into something completely different from his features. I realize now that we had been attacking innocent people.

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    • “He has since cautioned members of the public to stay away from the waters especially during this period that Lake Bangweulu is filled with water” Ha ha ha ha ha. Is there a time when the lake is not filled with water?

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  2. Very sad, I grew up there and years never a croc that side of the lake _ Beach. But down the line it was common sightings. Details of the attack scanty, I wish him quick recovery and the family to recover from traumatizing shock.

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  3. NOW THAT THE LAKE HAS BECOME POPULAR TO TOURISTS IT IS HIGH TIME SIGN ARE ERECTED IN CROCODILE INFESTED PARTS OF THE LAKE BANGWEULU. THERE ARE OF COURSE PARTS OF THE LAKE WHICH ARE FREE OF CROCS AND THOSE WHICH ARE INFESTED WITH THEM. THE TOURISM AND NATURAL RESOURCES AUTHORITIES MUST MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF THESE PARTS OF THE LAKE BECAUSE YOU START GETTING SUED BY TOURISTS.

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  4. Just ask for “medicine” from Sangoma Katele Kalumba of the Bwile people for crocodile invisible charms. You bet it this crocodile is a human sent one, I hear it even looks like Nkandu Luo! It trekked from the jungle of kwanaBwalya and transformed itself into tubulu ng’wena! Bafik.ala ubuloshi muleke!

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  5. People need to cautioned about parts of the lake infested with crocodiles, ba officer bwana mupole musanga and sorry for that DAT.

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  6. We need to make the crocodiles stationery in water. Just some legal advice.

    I hope it’s the family he went with. Usually people go there with girlfriends.

    A combination of Ndalaba zabene na Mkazi wabene could earn you such a prize.

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