By Mateline Tsama
Less than a month after the world reacted with anger to a cyanide-poaching scheme that left over a hundred elephants dead, the already deserted elephant park lost another bull killed by Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management.
According to eyewitnesses the old elephant that had turned rogue was obstructing trucks carrying coal to Zimbabwe Power Company – Hwange and other cars roving along the road resulting in traffic jam resulting in the department of national parks killing it.
“The obstinate elephant had resorted to blocking traffic and officials had to put it down,” an eyewitness confirmed.
Senzeni Moyo, 37, a resident of Hwange said the meat was not wasted as the local people from the nearest village were given the meat.
“The elephant meat was given to the local unemployed people of Gamba and Shangalo village,” Moyo said.
Samson Mabvira general manager at Makomo Resource Mining could neither deny nor confirm the incident.
“The people from National Parks were here but I am not the right person to comment on the issue. They attended the scene,” said Mabvira.
Reports suggest that more than 300 elephants have died in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park as a result of poachers lacing the park’s watering ponds with cyanide poison. Most recently, however, aerial surveys over the park have revealed what looks to be the carcasses of more than 300 dead elephants. In almost all cases, the elephant tusks were removed, underscoring the fact that this was a coordinated poaching attack. More....