Malawi police and game rangers killed an elephant that gored three people to death


Alice Mhango, The Maravi Post

Date Published

There was  relief in Ntchisi the area of Traditional Authority Kalumo on Friday morning as the Malawi police in conjunction with the Nkhotakota game rangers hunted and killed an elephant which was suspected of killing people in Ntchisi and Dowa districts.

The elephant is suspected to be from Nkhotakota forest and it was blamed for killing 3 people within 24 hours in both districts according to the department of wildlife.

An eye witness Mika Mzandu of TA Kalumo in Ntchisi told our reporter that there were about 15 security personnel at the scene.

“The elephant has killed two people within this morning in our area and we were leaving in fear. But as of now we believe that everything will be normal,” said Mzandu.

According to him, they are now continuing with their burial ceremony.

The Director of the Department of Wildlife Biton Nkumchedwa confirmed the development saying “the body of the elephant is now at Nkhotakota forest.”

He said “we decided to kill this elephant because it was ruining lives of people even though  it is prohibited to do so.”

However, he assured the community that the development shall not happen again because his department will tighten the security around the area.