TRAGEDY struck at a Chimanimani faith healer’s shrine after a 30-year-old man who had gone to seek his spiritual assistance was fatally struck by lightning on Monday.
Tichaona Mathew Ngoma died on the spot after he was struck by a lightning bolt at Madzibaba Tarisai Misheck’s shrine.
Deputy Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka confirmed the incident that happened in Chibuwe Village in Chief Mutambara’s area.
“Ngoma visited Madzibaba Misheck’s shrine on October 21 seeking spiritual assistance. Madzibaba Misheck advised him to stay at the shrine for seven days and he complied.
“On October 24, Ngoma and his colleague, Valentine Mukomo, went to a nearby river to bath. After bathing, they proceeded to a nearby bush to fetch firewood as they wanted to cook. It started raining and they rushed back to the shrine and left the firewood under a tree.
“They sought shelter in a tent that was at the shrine. Ngoma was struck by a lightning bolt and died on the spot,” said Assistant Inspector Chinyoka.
His body was taken to Nyanyadzi Rural Hospital mortuary.
Meanwhile, a 36-year-old man died after he was electrocuted at a Dorowa homestead.
The deceased, William Ziwengwa, went to install electricity at Tapfumaneyi Chimombe’s homestead on October 22.
“Ziwengwa was on top of an electricity pole when one of the cables got in touch with a live three-main phase line. He was electrocuted and died on the spot. A report was made to the police,” said Assistant Inspector Chinyoka.
He urged people to exercise extreme caution when dealing with live power connections.
No foul play is suspected.
— Manica Post