Just after midday on 19th October, 68-year-old Olivia Ndlovu was trampled by a buffalo in ward seven, Tsholotsho. Olivia had gone to collect cattle when the buffalo attacked, causing her to break a leg, an arm and some ribs.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority public relations manager, Caroline Washaya-Moyo, said Olivia was taken to Pumula Hospital by a police vehicle that was patrolling in the area. She was later transferred to Tsholotsho and then Mpilo Hospital the same evening. An x-ray was taken and other tests conducted. Sadly she passed away on Wednesday before receiving any treatment. CAMPFIRE officials only received the news on arrival at the hospital with money for medication.
Game rangers who were patrolling the area tracked and killed the buffalo on Wednesday after it also attacked a 4-year-old girl called Naide Ngwenya. She is in hospital in Tsholotsho with a fractured left leg. Council and Rural District Council are taking care of all medical expenses.
She added that further investigations have since revealed that the buffalo had been possibly attacked by poachers as it had spear wounds, hence its violent behaviour.
Burial arrangements for Olivia are yet to be finalised but council and safari operators in the area will take care of all expenses.
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