Elephant kills woman, mob torches 2 cars in Nkhotakota

An angry mob in Nkhotakota has set ablaze two vehicles belonging to African Parks manning Nkhotakota Game Reserve after an elephant suspected to have bolted from the park killed a woman.

The incident occurred on Friday February 28, at Bamba village in the area of Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Nkhanga in the district.

On the day, the deceased Sabitha Banda, 21, with her husband went to their farm which is metres away from Nkhotakota Game Reserve.

In course of farming an elephant approached which frightened the two and they separately ran away.

Unfortunately, an elephant got hold of the woman and killed her on the spot.

Following the incident, Nkhotakota Game Reserve officials and police were informed and rushed to the scene.

However, the officials were unceremoniously greeted by angry villagers who started beating them.

This was after blocking the road with trees making it impassable.

Two motor vehicles belonging to African Parks were burnt while two officers David Robertson, field operations officer and a game ranger Thomson Mizeck were seriously injured in the fracas.

The victims were rushed to Nkhotakota District Hospital where they are being treated.

Thereafter, additional police were called together with Nkhotakota District Commissioner Dr. Medson Matchaya, Nkhotakota police officer in charge senior assistant commissioner of police Timothy Phiri, African Parks manager Samuel Kamoto among others calmed the situation.

The deceased Sabitha Banda, 21, hailed from Nambamba village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Chakhadza in Dowa district.

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