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People Fight Wild Animals

RUMPHI: Communities living along Vwaza Game Reserve in Rumphi district have threatened wanton killing of game from the reserve in retariation as the wild animals continue to destroy crops in nearby fields.

The human and wild animals conflict is arising after humans damaged an electric fence erected on one side of the Vwaza Game Reserve to keep the animals abay.

One concerned villager Mr. Richard Munthali told Zodiak Online that the wild animals are finding their way to the crop fields via the broken fence portion.

District Commissioner Mr. Rodrick Mateauma said his office will soon start rehabilitating a 35 kilometer damaged electric fence of the Game Reserve since government has already bought materials at K70 million for the work.

Elephant are said to be the biggest menance destroying crops such as cassava.

The communities here now wantimmediate remedial action lest they will take the law into their own hands ensuring that the wild animals permanently stop this.

Mr. Munthali indicated that they have been reporting the matter to the district council over the matter but nothing is happening to solve the problem.

DC Mr. Mateauma said government has already sourced material worth seventy million kwacha to begin rehabilitating the damaged fence and once a contractor is identified, works will commernce.

Vwaza Game Reserve is one of the oldest tourism attraction spots in the Northern region of Malawi.  - Zodiak Online

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