Stray lions kill three cattle

20 May 2019 | Environment

ILENI NANDJATO

Two stray lions killed three cattle last week in the grazing area near the Ongandjera salt pan at Okakewa.

Okakewa is situated near Amarika in the Omusati Region.

According to Otamanzi constituency councillor Johannes Iyambo the lions were spotted by farmers on Monday and they are still roaming in the area.

“So far they have killed three cattle and they are still roaming in the area. We have informed the nature conservation officials, but they have not yet visited the area,” Iyambo said late last week.

“Everyday farmers are calling me and I am always asking them not to do any harm to the lions.”

Iyambo said that Okakewa is about two kilometres from the Etosha National Park fence. The fence is damaged and wild animals are escaping.

Neither the environment ministry officials at Ongwediva nor ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda could be reached for comment.

In May 2017, businessman David Kambwa Sheehama shot three lions dead after they killed his cattle.

Ironically, Kambwa had benefited from a lucrative tender to erect a 90km-long security fence around the Etosha National Park some years ago.

The ministry needs at least N$500 million to fix the more than 700 kilometres of fencing around the Etosha National Park, in order to reduce the proliferation of wildlife escapes from the park.

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