Tjeundo made the call on Saturday during the funeral of Tomas Katjao, 77, who was trampled to death by an elephant about 200 metres from his home at the Omuheke village last Thursday.
“It was so disappointing to here that the government only gave N.dollars 5 000 to the family who lost their breadwinner to a wild animal,” noted Tjeundo.
He stated that the government is valuing animal life more than it does human life.
“If a person is arrested for killing a rhinoceros or an elephant, his or her jail sentence is so huge and go beyond 20 years at times, but when a rhinoceros or an elephant kills a human, nothing is done to compensate the loss of life,” said Tjeundo.
He said that a trust fund need to be established to support efforts to prevent human lives lost to wildlife.
The councillor said the trust fund would then avail money to game guards, who could constantly be looking at the activities of elephants and other wildlife.
“These game guards would be alerting the community on the possible dangers of elephants approaching homesteads, and so on,” he noted.
Katjao was buried at the Okoutjete village, about five kilometres west of the Werda Gate, a veterinary control gate in the Kamajab area of the Kunene Region.
He left behind his wife, 10 children, and 28 grandchildren.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism assisted the family with a truck to collect wood for use during the funeral, and the amount of N.dollars 5 000.
The Ehirovipuka Conservancy, in which Katjao was killed, donated food worth N.dollars 2 000 to be used at the funeral and the carcasses of three oryx.
According to the Secretary of the Ehirovipuka Conservancy, Uapuravi Kavetu, the conservancy was just assisting its members by giving what was available and not according to any distribution guidelines, as these are still busy being drafted.