Jumbos Kill Two in Kariba (Zimbabwe)
May 4, 2022
Jumbos in Kariba have killed two people and injure one.
In the first incident, a man believed to be mentally challenged was gored
by an elephant in the Kasese area of Kariba town on Friday.
The man, who could not be identified, was discovered by a man who became
curious after seeing marabou storks hovering above and went to check, only
to find the lifeless body of the man.
“The man was found with his pair of trousers torn while there was also
evidence he had been dragged on the ground and the spoors of elephants were
found around the area,” said Mr John Kemberi of Nyamhunga 1 Township.
“We know the man as being mentally challenged and he actually stays in the
Kasese area and he normally goes to Chawara to get bread from a local
bakery every day.”
It is believed that the man was attacked late Friday night.
His body was taken to Kariba District Hospital mortuary amid indications
that there was no foul play suspected to warrant a postmortem.
Superintendent Saul Mhanqwa confirmed the death, adding that until now, no
one had come forward to identify the man.
“He is at our local mortuary and we do not have his particulars and no one
has come through to help us identify him,” said Supt Mhanqwa.
In another incident, Theresa Musakanda of Nyamapanza Village under chief
Msambakaruma in Ward 9, was fatally trampled by an elephant on Wednesday.
Gift Taurai Moyo was lucky to escape with a broken leg after being attacked
by an elephant in the National Anglers Union area while coming from fishing
with two of his friends.
The elephant charged them. “I ran together with my colleagues but because I
was wearing a tracksuit-bottom which was sagging, I could not outrun my
colleagues. The elephant then targeted me,” said Mr Moyo.
“I ran towards the lake but it kept charging at me. I got into the water
but I realised that I was now between its hind and front legs. It started
trampling in the water. Unfortunately, one of its hind legs stepped on me
and I felt that it had broken.”
After a while the elephant left the water and Mr Moyo remained in the water
fearing that the elephant would notice he was still alive.
Two months ago, another person was attacked and killed by elephants while
tending their field.