Hwange (New Ziana) – A 95-year old man from Shangano village on the outskirts of Hwange town was on Monday trampled to death by an elephant while he was herding his cattle.
According to a report by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers, Siancumbi Mungombe left home around 3 pm after telling his wife, Grace Tshuma (81) that he was going to look for cattle at the nearby grazing area.
Mungombe however did not return home and the following day his wife informed other villagers about the development.
The villagers formed a search party that left for the grazing area where they found Mungombe’s body around 10 am and made a police report.
According to the report, Mungombe’s left leg was fractured while he also had bruises on the face.
Villagers also noticed elephant spoors around the body.
The death of Mungombe comes as reports of elephants terrorising residents in the coal mining town’s Number 1, Number 2, and Number 5 suburbs as well as the surrounding Chibondo and Shangano villages have been increasing.
Zimparks rangers have since killed two jumbos in Number 5 suburb and Chibondo village in the past week after they were deemed to be dangerous to the local community.