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Fisherman killed by crocodile on Lake Kariba

Fisherman netting in Kariba

Fisherman netting in Kariba

A fisherman has been killed by a crocodile on Lake Kariba while his friends escaped unhurt and swam to safety.

Martin Mweene 49 of Mapulanga village in Chief Chipepo’s area died on his way to Gwembe District Hospital.


Police in Gwembe said that Mweene met his fate when he, in the company of his friends were casting fishing nets on the Lake around 02.00 hours over the weekend.

The cousin of the deceased, Bruno Siantambo 49 of Chizungula village in Chipepo told police that, “the reptile ripped off his right thigh muscle, causing the deceased to bleed to death.”

The body of the deceased is lying in the Gwembe hospital mortuary awaiting burial.

Crocodile in Kariba

Crocodile in Kariba

This comes in wake when the community in Gwembe has for a long time been appealing to government through the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to consider cropping the ever-swelling numbers of crocodiles in Lake Kariba.

Recently, Gwembe District Council chairman Cosmas Sing’andu threatened that the community in Gwembe will take the law in their hands, using whatever means available to kill crocodiles in the lake in an effort to reduce the crocodile population and protect human life as well as livestock.

Fast facts about Crocodiles:
Average length3.5 to 5 meters
Average weight225 to 550 kilograms
Length of time underwaterFew minutes (Up to 30 minutes if threatened)
Speed on land12 to 14 km/hr
Speed in water30 to 35 km/hr
Bite force5 000 lbf


This is a very unfortunate incident and things like this happen when humans hunt in what is also wildlife’s hunting ground. Unfortunately Martin was in the wrong place at the wrong time.



Date: 29 July 2013

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