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 Believe Mpofu

Bikita East legislator, Johnson Madhuku, has expressed disappointment over the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management’s failure to deal with elephants which have terrorized the Bikita area for more than three years.

Villagers from Chief Budzi area, Wards 24 and 25, have been living in fear of the stray elephants which destroy crops and present a risk to humans.

Madhuku said the community was disappointed with ZimParks and that they had held a meeting with locals for a possible solution to the problem.

 “I’m very worried about the situation and there seems to be no meaningful response from ZimParks.

“We held a meeting at Nyika council offices last Friday with other local stakeholders who are now seriously working on the issue.

“We have agreed that we will tirelessly continue to engage ZimParks on how to scare the wildlife straying into the wards bordering the conservancy and there should be a campfire.

“ZimParks should come and deal with this problem as a matter of urgency because these elephants might stark attacking people. Villagers have started losing their valuables and this must be curbed forthwith,” said Madhuku.

The elephants are reportedly straying from Save Valley Conservancy.

ZimParks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo told TellZim News that the problem would be dealt with as a matter of urgency before people get harmed or killed in the human wildlife conflict.

“If we hear about a certain problem which involves wildlife we definitely solve the problem especially when human lives are at risk.

We are working on the issue and very soon the elephants will be captured and returned back to their habitat,” said Farawo.

The elephants reportedly killed over 120 cattle from 2018 and the conflict seems to be raging on as no solution has been brought forward by the wildlife conservancy authorities.

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