Gov pledges US$2 000 for hyena attack victims

ANCILLA GOTORE

MIRROR REPORTER

MASVINGO – Government through the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management has pledged US$2 000 to give a start up to a couple that was viciously attacked by hyenas in Zaka two weeks ago resulting in permanent disabilities.

Donations also came from the Civil Protection Unit.

Meanwhile Masvingo Resident Minister, Ezra Chadzamira also pledged to personally support the family with the upkeep of Robert Maroi and his wife Muchanyara Munodya during their stay in hospital.

The pledges came following a story from Mirror Helpline which sought assistance for Munodya who got both hands amputated after the attack and Maroi who lost five fingers. Munodya fell into the tragedy barely a month after giving birth and the child has since been separated from her.

Several senior Government officials visited the couple at the hospital on Wednesday and the ZimParks pledge was made by the Deputy Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Barbra Rwodzi. Other notable sympathisers present were Chadzamira, Permanent Secretary for Provincial Affairs, Jefter Sakupwanya, ZIMPARKS executive director, Arthur Musakwa, MPH Medical Superintendent Dr Noel Zulu, Provincial Director for Traditional Leadership Service Rosemary Chingwe.

Government has already helped with the hospital bills, said Chadzamira who also noted that the couple has several children in school.

The hyenas attacked the couple at their homestead at Mapfumo Village under Chief Bota on July 18, 2022. 

Rwodzi expressed sympathy towards the Maroi family and said she was visiting the couple on behalf of her Ministry.

“As Ministry we came to see the couple and express our sympathy on the misfortune. We have noted that human wild conflict has claimed 40 people in Zimbabwe this year alone and cases are rising in Southern region as a whole.

“The family’s life has been affected; it will never be the same.  As a Ministry we are working on a policy to reduce human wildlife conflict with a view to improving safety for the people,” said Rwodzi.

Munodya thanked Government for the support and appealed to well-wishers for artificial limps.

 “I never thought this could be Government responsibility to support us this way. I thought that we were going to see through all this on our own. I am therefore grateful to the Ministers and the Government.

“I urge members of the public to stay away from dangerous wild animals. It is better to lose livestock than to confront and try and ward off dangerous wild animals,” said Munodya.

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