Liwale farmer dies after being attacked by lion

03Apr 2020
The Guardian
Liwale farmer dies after being attacked by lion

A KIMBEMBA village farmer from Mangirikiti Ward, Liwale District in Lindi Region, Darie Chisangwe (58) has died after being attacked by a lion when she went out of the house help herself in company of her husband.

Reports from the village and confirmed by neighbors the area’s government leaders said Darie was attacked by the lion on the night of March 30 this year.

 One of the neighbors who identified as Kindamba Hemedi explained that on the fateful day, Darie, in company of her husband whose name was not disclosed) went out of the house to answer the call of nature.

He said while the husband was standing on the house’s yard waiting for his wife, suddenly a lion who was on hunt leapt on the woman’s head injuring her badly on the face.

He said when the beast tried to pull its victim into the bushes with the husband calling for help, he dashed to save his wife who was wounded and bled profusely.

According to him, when neighbors emerged to offer help they found the husband had already saved her from the lion, after which they took her to Liwale District Hospital for treatment.

Hospital’s senior Medical Officer Dr Evarist Sanga confirmed to have received the wounded woman saying she died while receiving treatment.

“Her death was greatly contributed by great loss of blood and the distance from the village to the hospital.

Liwale District Commissioner, Sarah Chiwamba confirmed Darie Chisangwe to have been attacked by a lion and that she died while receiving treatment at the District Hospital.

She said already the lion involved has also been killed by game rangers and when examined it was found with scars on his hind legs caused after being entrapped.

She also called upon the wananchi to ensure their houses are in clean surroundings by cutting the grass especially during this time of the rain season.