ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Game rangers in northern Tanzania’s
wildlife sanctuary Lake Manyara National Park shot dead a cattle
herder in a fight which erupted after herdsmen found grazing
cattle into the park, police said on Wednesday.
Police Chief Liberatus Sabas told reporters here that the
incident occurred on Tuesday evening on the western part of the
park, located 130 km from Arusha city.
Sabas said park
rangers seized more than 30 cattle and two herdsmen after they
were found grazing their cattle in the park, where it’s not
allowed to do so.
Reports have it that
their fellow villagers, who were armed with different
traditional weapons, stormed into the area where cattle were
kept and attempted to take the cattle by force.
tried to fire in air in an effort to disperse the angry
villagers, but they resisted. Unfortunately one of the rangers
shot one of the herdsmen,” Sabas said, adding that the injured
herdsman was taken to the District’s Designated Hospital for
treatment where he died on Wednesday noon.
investigating on the crisis, particularly to establish the
reason as why rangers decided to use live bullets, he said.
According to the
police chief, four rangers have been arrested in connection with
biodiversity-rich park is managed by the Tanzania National Parks
(Tanapa), whereby it is strictly prohibited for human beings and
even cattle to trespass in the wildlife sanctuary.
National Park derives its name from the Maasai word “manyara”
which is a species of Euphorbia plant used to build the Maasai
stockades for their cattle and goats. Lake Manyara National Park
is notable for elephants, hippos and tree-climbing lions.