Independence feast: left over elephant meat donated to Bulawayo hospitals
April 24, 2022
The Bible has a story in which the good Lord fed 5 000 people with just two
fish and five loaves.
The meal was multiplied so much that the hungry crowd left the place with
full belies and still filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five
barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
The miracle could have played out once more in Bulawayo last week, where
there was so much meat that multitudes who turned up for the Independence
Day celebrations left over so much meat it had to be sent to hospitals to
The city of Bulawayo Monday hosted Independence Day national celebrations
for the first time since the attainment of independence in 1980.
Bulawayo’s referral hospitals Ingutsheni, Mpilo and United Bulawayo
Hospital (UBH) each got its fair share of the jumbo meat.
According to sources, Mpilo received 150 Kgs while UBH was allocated 140
Ingutsheni hospital, which was the first to be given, also received a
significant amount of the meat.
The hospital’s Clinical Director Wellington Ranga confirmed receiving the
elephant although he is not aware of the source of the meat.
“Yes, I can confirm that we received elephant meat yesterday but I do not
have details of the source of the meat and quantity but I actual saw the
meat. Administrative officers are the ones who have got all the details
regarding the source of the meat because they signed for it,” Ranga said in
an interview with NewZimbabwe.com.
Mpilo Hospital Acting Chief Executive officer Solwayo Ngwenya professed
ignorance about the meat’s donation although sources at the hospital
maintained that the elephant meat was delivered at the hospital this week.
“I am not aware of it,” (meat donation), he said curtly.
Sources at Mpilo and UBH said there is low uptake of the elephant meat at
the two hospitals by patients.
“A lot of patients are complaining that they cannot forced to eat the meat.
The meat is dense and fibrous making it to chew. This scenario is
definitely not good for sick people. Apart from that, the meat has got also
a funny smell which is uncomfortable,” said a nutritionist at one of the
hospitals who refused to be named.