MASVINGO — Lightning has struck for the third time in Tavengahama village, Chief Nhema, killing two imbibers at a traditional beer brew on Sunday, bringing the province’s lightning death toll to 13 since the beginning of this year.
In February, 11 people died in two separate incidents after being struck by lightning.
Seven family members from Chief Mazungunye area, Bikita, were left
charred after their grass-thatched houses went up in smoke during a
This incident occurred on 02/02/2015.
Two weeks later, four others from Mukaka village under Chief Maranda
in Mwenezi died on the spot after being struck by a bolt of lightning as
they sought shelter under a tree.
THis incident occurred on 15/02/2015
In the latest incident, (29/03/2015), Witness Matizha (23) and Joseph Makava (63)
from Chidoko village, Chief Nhema in Zaka had gone for a traditional
beer drink at their neighbour’s homestead.
While drinking with other patrons, sources said, it suddenly started
raining and other drinkers sought shelter in a grass-thatched house
while the now deceased remained outside. Sources said a thunderbolt
struck killing the two instantly. Acting Masvingo provincial police
spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nkululeko Nduna was unreachable for
comment. Fellow villagers said the incident signalled a bad omen.