A 35-year-old man of Iyanda area in Chief Musungwa’s chiefdom in Itezhi Tezhi district is nursing injuries in the Itezhi Tezhi District Hospital after a crocodile attack.
Kennedy Shanduba got attacked in a stream that was knee deep in the plain in Iyanda last week. Itezhi Tezhi District Commissioner Hendrix Kaimana who confirmed the incidence in an a telephone interview described the condition of the victim as out of danger.
The incidence happened last week in Iyanda area when the victim was crossing a stream.Kaimana was attacked as he crossed the stream in the company of his friends in a plain in Iyanda. His relative , Kebson Shanduba also confirmed the incident.
“What happened was that he had gone to secure his herd of cattle with his friends but on their way back as he tried to cross the stream, the crocodile which was lurking in the shallow water attacked him” Mr. Shanduba said.He said that the lethal predator latched onto his one of his legs and dragged him down the muddy stream towards the Kafue River.
“The crocodile clamped his leg and his friends tried to pull him but to no avail, he was looking into the eyes of the crocodile while it tugged him at his leg” He said.When his friends saw that Shanduba was attacked by the reptile, they reached for their spears and begun stabbing it, he said.
The reptile was stabbed several times before it it eventually released him leaving one of his legs badly injured. Mr.Shanduba has also expressed dissatisfaction that the Department of National Parks and Wildlife did not respond when the matter was reported to them.
He said that the department should get concerned whenever reports involving human – animal conflict are reported especially when it happens outside the Kafue National Park.