The son of a senior official in the ruling ZANU PF was Wednesday trampled to death by an angry elephant in Hwange during an inspection patrol in the area.
Ronald Mzamba, son of Ellias Mzamba of Dunu Village, Masue Resettlement area and three colleagues were conducting an inspection patrol exercise when they were attacked by an elephant.
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RDC Councillor for Matetsi ward one, Cllr Vulindlela Mhlanga told the Chronicle news that the late Mr Mzamba was repairing a fence with three others when the accident occurred. Cllr Mhlanga said:
_There were two armed forest rangers and two community men who were repairing an electrical fence that encloses homesteads and fields. The wire was erected by the community to control wildlife conflict between the communities and animals like elephants and lions._
Hwange DCC Secretary for Administration Cde Nkosilathi Jiyani said an elephant and its calf that were inside the fence which the four men were repairing could have been attracted by the clothes Mazamba was wearing. Jiyani said:
_Mr Mzamba was wearing a white cap and a blue shirt which drew more attention to the elephant. The elephant proceeded to chase Mr Mzamba who fell after running just a few metres. The elephant stamped on him._
Mzamba was buried on Friday in the Woodlands area.
Councillor Mhlanga added that a number of companies around Masue attended the funeral and bought a lot of things including the coffin and groceries for the funeral.
He added that Chief Mvutu, Headmen, Aldermen, Councillors from Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Republic Police, Zambezi National Parks, Rural District Council (RDC) and Chief Executive Officer Mr Phindile Ncube and Hwange RDC contributed also supported the bereaving family.
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