A middle aged man, Taa Xhere of Xharakajoo cattle post in the Nata area, is currently fighting for his life at Nyangabgwe hospital following a vicious attack by a buffalo while he was searching for his donkeys.
The attack did not come as a surprise to the villagers as it follows hard on a recent invasion of the villages of Manxotae, Sepako and Maposa by herds of elephants and buffaloes in search of water. The Midweek Sun team which toured the concerned villages found herds of buffaloes and elephants mingling with people.
Some of the animals lay dead in the mud of the village dams while others, almost lifeless, shaded under the trees right inside some homesteads.
Ookeditse Khacha informed this publication that a week ago at about 7 pm, the family noticed that Xhere who had gone to fetch some of his donkeys by the riverside had not returned home.
This sent panic among family members, relatives and friends. “Because we know how dangerous this place is, we have networked to count ourselves every day to make sure that everybody is home and safe. Upon realising that one of us was missing, we decided to call his cell number since he had carried along his mobile phone. Fortunately, Xhere answered our call albeit in a very weak voice informing us that a buffalo had attacked him, broken his left thigh and left him for dead,” explained Khacha.
He said that since it was getting dark, they sought help from a neighbour who has a vehicle so that they could drive to the scene where they found the helpless victim lying against a tree trunk. “We then called wildlife officers who arrived on the scene and rushed him to Nata hospital from where he was transferred to Nyangabgwe referral hospital,” he explained.
A visibly worried sister to the victim Kungobo Khacha said that the police keep updating the family on her brother’s condition as they do not have the means to go to Francistown to see him. “We now live in fear, we cannot go outside our compounds to carry out chores like fetching water and collecting firewood,” she lamented.