Zaka woman’s hands amputated after hyena attack

Ancilla Gotore
ZAKA – A woman from Mapfumo Village in Ward 32 under Chief Bota has had both hands amputated after she and two other family members were attacked by a cackle of hyenas on Monday night.
Her son lost all his fingers during the attack after he carried a torch and went outside the house to investigate.
Muchanyara Munoda, Rwativenga Muroyi and Robert Muroyi who are mother, father and son respectively were attacked by the hyenas after they tried to ward off the hyenas that pitched up at their cattle pen.
The attack was so serious that the three were first taken to Musiso Hospital in Zaka but later transferred to Masvingo Provincial Hospital. The Mirror could not get full details of the amputation at the time of going to Press but reliable sources said Robert lost all his fingers while Rwativenga has injuries all over.
Ward 32 Councillor, Togarepi Toruvanda confirmed the incident and said that the three were battling for life.
Police spokesperson, Kudakwashe Dhewa could not give details at the time of going to Press.
Zimparks National Spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo confirmed the incident in a statement released yesterday and added that a reaction team had been deployed.
“It’s unfortunate that three family members from Zaka were attacked and seriously injured by a pack of hyena. The trio was attacked while protecting their livestock from predators. Zimparks has deployed a reaction team,” said the Facebook statement.
“We are calling on Government help down the marauding hyenas which are causing sleepless nights to villagers.

“We cannot walk at night and the most worrying fact is that they have turned to human beings. We fear for school kids, ” said Toruvanda.
Last year, Rodwell Ngomazana (9) who was doing Grade 3 at Manyiri Primary School was attacked by a hyena at a church shrine in Benzi Village in the same locality, leaving him with one eye, while the nose, upper lip and both cheeks were extensively injured.

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