Hwange Farmers Lose 19 Cattle To Lightning
28 March 2021
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By A Correspondent- Lightning has killed 19 belonging to farmers in BH27 Village under Chief Mvuthu in Hwange District.

The 19 cattle belonged to different farmers and were part of 72 cattle penned in a Boma, a community project where cattle from the whole or part of the village are housed in one big kraal. A Boma is a stockade where farmers keep livestock safe at night and away from predators like lions and hyenas. On average, one cow is sold for about US$500 in the area, which means farmers lost cattle worth about US$9 500. Area councillor Godfrey Moyo (Ward 3) said the affected farmers were distraught and will need Government support to restock.

“Yes, the 19 cattle were struck and killed by lightning last night (Friday) while housed in a Boma. We are all shocked as a community and devastated, as you know cattle are a source of income and a symbol of wealth. This is a disaster which needs State attention,” said Clr Moyo.

Clr Moyo said five communal farmers were affected by the incident with one farmer having lost five beasts.

“This will affect many livelihoods in the era. Some lost their entire herd.”

Village head Mr Tymon Sibanda said villagers woke up to the shocking reality of the incident and were still at a loss of words.

“We are still in shock over this development. Villagers are devastated after 18 adult cattle and a calf were struck by lightning last night. Not much is known as it took place at night but the situation is terrible,” he said.

Mr Sibanda said according to their tradition and cultural beliefs it is taboo to consume meat from a beast struck by lightning.