Elephant straying

Elephant straying

MANGOCHI (Arnold Namanja, Mana) – An elephant suspected to have strayed from Namizimu Forest Reserve in Mangochi has trampled a 36 year old man to death, police have confirmed.

Mangochi Police Station Public Relations Officer, Inspector Rodrick Maida told Malawi News Agency in an interview that Inosi Matola met his fate as he moved from one village to another since he was polygamous.

“The fact of the matter is that the deceased had two wives in different villages. And as he was travelling from his first wife’s village to the second it’s when he was confronted by the elephant,” he said.

Maida further alleged that the deceased had sight and hearing problems hence could not see the elephant from a distance.

“Upon arrival at Mwanjati Village at about 9pm the deceased was confronted by a herd of elephants which attacked him, trampling him to death in the process,” Maida said, adding that he sustained fractured ribs and injuries to the head.

Maida further said postmortem carried out at Namalaka Health Centre showed that death was as a result of head injuries and broken ribs.

Matola hailed from Machakwani Village in the area of Traditional Authority Namavi in the district.