Hippo terrorising villgers in Chavuma

A MARAUDING hippo is allegedly terrorising villagers of Chiyeke and Chisengo in Chavuma in North-Western Province.
ZANIS reports that the wild beast has also caused damage to crops.
At least over 40 pupils from Chisengo area have stopped attending school.
The villagers are living in fear and have allegedly stopped seeking medical attention from Chiyeke across the Zambezi river as the hippo is usually spotted at the Chisengo ferry point.
A team comprising officers from the district administration, Zambia army and ministry of agriculture and Livestock are currently assessing the situation.
The trail of destruction left by the hippo is evident in most of the fields that have so far been inspected.
About 25 farmers in Chiyeke have allegedly not planted winter maize for fear the crop will be damaged by the hippo.
The farmers have since appealed to the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to consider cropping the animal before lives are lost.
Two affected farmers who reported the matter to Chavuma district commissioner Lawrence Kayumba alleged that the hippo has been terrorising the villages since August, this year.
Meanwhile, Government in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund has drilled 47 boreholes on the East Bank of the Zambezi river in Chavuma.
Mr Kayumba said in an interview that the drilling of an additional 20 boreholes has since commenced on the West Bank.
He said the drilling of the boreholes will enable people in both areas to have access to safe and clean drinking water.
The district commissioner said currently, people on the West Bank are sharing water with animals.
Mr Kayumba said the drilling of boreholes in the district commenced in 2012 and is scheduled to be completed this year.

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