Lusaka ‘Snake Man’ Asks ZAWA For Certificate To Domesticate Snake
The man whose actions went viral recently by moving with a snake in his trousers has now been identified Rabson Mkandawire also known as Dr. Simbazako.
Dr. Simbazako yesterday visited Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) offices to follow-up on discussions to obtain a certificate to domesticate his snake.
Dr. Simbazako happens to be a health practitioner and upon arrival at ZAWA he explained that the reptile is nothing but his grand father’s spirit.
“I could not come with the snake here, but as you know ‘spirits’ need to be treated with the respect they deserve,” he said.
He said that since he took the snake to Chingwere Cemetary over the weekend, he has faced challenges in convincing the spirits to be brought to ZAWA for the certification and they have given ZAWA a period of 21 days to approve his request.
“Mudzimu wa ambuya wa kamba ati niba pase 21 days. Ni bo kalipa maningi.
[My annoyed grand father’s spirit instructed me to give ZAWA 21 days to sort out and give me a Certificate.]”
Dr. Simbazako was last week arrested by Kabwata Police who later handed him over to ZAWA for being in possession of wildlife similar to a brown house snake. The snake is docile and Dr. Simbazako claims the snake is harmless even if stepped on.
ZAWA is making efforts to help him with a license to posses the reptile and give him handling guidelines so that in future the snake does not lead to public panic.