By A Correspondent- A Pastor from Enaleni Village in Bubi District, Matabeleland North, is battling for life at Mpilo Central Hospital after he suffered burns to 97 percent of body when suspected armed robbers petrol bombed his home.
Pastor Ephraim Ndlovu of Alive in Christ Pentecostal Church suffered serious burns while his wife and two minor children escaped unhurt when unknown robbers pounced at his home.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night when the family had retired to bed.
It is said that the armed robbers failed to open the doors to Pastor’s Ndlovu’s house and made their demands while they were outside.
They allegedly threatened to petrol bomb his house if he delayed giving them money.
While Pastor Ndlovu was still negotiating with them, it is alleged that the robbers threw a petrol bomb on the roof of the house and broke window panes and threw another one into his bedroom.
They are said to have got the petrol from Pastor Ndlovu who is said to have been illegally selling it.
Following an explosion in the house after the bombing, Mrs Ndlovu managed to escape to safety with two of her minor children who were sleeping in the next bedroom.
In a telephone interview last night, Mrs Ndlovu said her husband was in a stable condition.
“That is the word that I got from them (nurses). He has 97 percent burns to his body. I did not suffer any burns as I had moved to another room when the bomb was thrown into our bedroom. I was just cut by glass while trying to escape,” said Mrs Ndlovu.
Research shows that 97 percent of burns are very intense and lead to permanent scars.