A GRADE One pupil at Mahenye Primary School in Chipinge was on Monday trampled to death by an elephant.
The deceased, California Chimbi, met her fate while sleeping at their homestead.The elephant also destroyed the house in which the minor was sleeping.
Assistant Chipinge District Development Coordinator, Mr Tedious Beto, confirmed the incident.
He said the district’s Civil Protection Unit needs to reactivate its structures to curb human-wild conflict.
“I can confirm the death of a Grade One pupil who was attacked and killed by an elephant that had strayed from Gonarezhou National Park. The minor was sleeping in a hut with other colleagues. When the elephant approached the homestead, the dogs barked and thereby triggered the jumbo’s anger.
“It is sad that we continue to receive sad news concerning civil protection issues across the district. Last month a woman was attacked by an elephant and died on the spot,” he said. Manica Post
IN OTHER NEWS:Gumbura’s 5th Wife Flees
POLYGAMOUS End Time Message Church pastor’s fifth wife is reported to have fled to a safe house over s_xual and physical abuse in the hands of her husband.
Innocent Gumbura, who is married to Sarah Wendy Romol has been described as hostile, over-controlling, excessively violent, verbally abusive, belittling and manipulative person in a probation officer’s report to the magistrate court in a row over custody of four minor children which the former applied for.
“The respondent (Romal) alleges that she ran away from him (Gumbura) because the applicant was getting agitated by the fact she had stopped s_xual relations with him and hence was increasingly threatening to take the children away, chase her out of the house and would not provide support for the children stating they would eat from school,” the report reads.
Romal says she had to look for a haven as she was always being threatened. “As a result respondent alleges that she fled as a result of excessive fear and trauma suffered from the threats, degradation and physical abuse by the applicant.”
The report has it that Gumbura would beat his children with his ‘big belt that he wore in his waist’ for asking for ‘yummy’ food which he would give elder girls in the family while the others were made to have sadza.
Gumbura has four other wives and 15 children. “. . . when angry he beats mummy and forces her throat in-between the headboard panels or shouts at them. . .” the minor children said in the report.
Romal says she got into contact with Gumbura when her mother was sick and when she died they were left in Gumbura’s church’s custody.
After Gumbura approached Harare Children’s Court seeking custody of his four minor children born to his fifth wife Sarah Wendy Romal, all this came out.
The Children’s Court, therefore, requested the Department of Social Development for a probation officer’s report.
According to a Harare Central District probation officer Ms Gumbo, the case is expected to be heard today.