Villagers in Kabale area in Muchinda Chiefdom of Serenje District are living in fear of elephants believed to have strayed from Kasanka national park in Chitambo district.
The elephants have since damaged sorghum, finger millet , Cassava and maize fields in the area.
Kabale village headman Robert Kaseba Wanki said the elephants have been terrorising the area since Wednesday.
Mr. Wanki said people in the area have not been free to move about from the time the elephants were noticed.
He said the wild animals have been frequenting the fields which are distant from villages.
Mr. Wanki has since praised Serenje Central Member of Parliament Maxwell Kabanda for rushing to the area with officers from National Parks and Wild Life (NPWL). He said we are happy for you because you are the first MP to visit this far place. He added that its not common for people like you to come here and use a small boat like this one.
Two officers from the NPWLhave camped in the area to control the animals.
And Mr. Kabanda assured the people in the area to be calm as officers from NPWL deal with the situation.
Serenje Radio Reports that Andrew Chisenga, one of the farmers whose field was destroyed by the elephants has called on government to help him with food.
” I am asking for government to come to my aid as the damaged fields were my only hope of survival this year,” Mr. Chisenga cried.
Meanwhile Kabale Residents thanked Serenje Member of Parliament Maxwell Kabanda who donated 25 Iron sheets and 10 pocket of cements towards the completion of Kabale community school.
The School has been running with almost 200 pupils without desks and office table and uncompleted roof.