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Chiefs demand compensation for damages caused by wild animals

Traditional leaders in Hwange have demanded compensation for the destruction of their property and loss of life caused by wildlife.

Speaking to CITE on the sidelines of the African Elephant Conservation conference at the Hwange National Park, Chief Nelukoba of Dete said his community has never received any form of compensation from the government after being displaced more than three times from their communal areas to pave way for the national park.

He said families continue to lose lives and livelihoods as elephants and other wild animals kill people and destroy crops, yet they did not receive any form of compensation from the Zimbabwe Parks and wildlife management authority.

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