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The Oshikoto Police Regional Commander, Commissioner Theopolina Kalompo-Nashikaku, has cautioned farmers who have moved their cattle for grazing purposes to Okashana to respect the privacy of guests at the King Nehale Lodge.

Okashana is part of the King Nehale Conservancy area.

Kalompo-Nashikaku says there has been a notable influx of cattle and people to the area due to a lack of sufficient rainfall.

Some cattle herders have reportedly been swimming in the pool at the luxurious lodge without permission and have often damaged the royal chair, which serves as a photo booth for visitors.

"As they are taking care of their cattle here, they are perhaps infringing on the private property, which is the only Gondwana lodge that we have, which is one of the pillars of attraction when it comes to tourism in our region.  The usual cattle herders that we used to have here know the area very well, but those that are coming are infringing on the lodges here, and when you are carrying a panga, it's frightening to our tourism. They are coming and, to some extent, swimming in the swimming pools next to the rooms."

The police have now commenced an awareness campaign with cattle herders and farmers to make sure all parties benefit from the area without inconveniencing each other.

Commissioner Kalompo-Nashikaku also urged the public to refrain from deliberately damaging the royal chair.

"We heard some of our people used to damage what is known as the King's chair. People wanted to be known for being here and writing their names on the chair with sharp objects. We are saying this infrastructure is for our region, and it's in our best interest that we take care of the infrastructure around here, and we benefit through the conservancy around here, so we are urging members of the public not to damage the chair or any infrastructure we have here."

She also warned the public that the police would arrest anyone found guilty of violating safety and security in the area.

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Ndapanda Shuuya