A 12-year-old boy from Chadereka area, Muzarabani, is yet to recover from a traumatic experience which saw him surviving an elephant attack that unfortunately claimed the life of his 8-year old brother.
What started as a routine jungle outing for two young brothers in Chaderaka turned fatal when the two boys were attacked by an elephant.
It became the last day on earth for eight-year-old Tinashe Dzoro, although his 12-year-old brother, Solomon survived to tell his tale from a hospital bed, where he is receiving treatment for multiple body injuries.
“We had gone out to look for our cattle with my young brother when we heard the bell of our cows we stopped; little did we know that an elephant was roaming in the same area,” narrated the young survivor.
“The moment we saw it, my young brother screamed in fear and the elephant started running towards us.
“The elephant caught up with my brother trampled on him. While i tried to rescue him, the elephant pierced my stomach and threw me into a nearby tree where I lost consciousness for a moment. Then I woke up later and rushed to a nearby villager who assisted me to come to the hospital.”
Speaking after visiting the young boy at St Alberts Mission Hospital, Muzarabani North legislator, Honourable Zhemu Soda expressed concern over large numbers of elephants wreaking havoc in communities.
“We have recently lost one kid, and the other is critically injured and hospitalised, the situation here is threatening, large numbers of elephants are roaming from Mozambique, Zambia and they pass through our communities,” said the legislator.
“As we speak people cannot harvest their crops as they fear the elephant manifesting in areas, so our appeal is for relevant authorities to find ways of reducing the growing numbers of these dangerous animals, appeals honourable Soda.”
Legislators have since called for the compensation of those affected by human-wildlife conflicts such as as the Dzoro family who lost a child.