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Man (80) burnt to death

Denzel Serima

Misheck Zambuko (80) was burnt to death by a fire he lit trying to burn crop residue ending up destroying five hectares of land at a farm in Gokwe North.

A man from Gokwe North, under Marandu Village, Ward 4 under Chief Chireya went out on September 14 this year to burn stock residue from his farm during a period disallowed by Environmental Management Agency (EMA).

The fire went out of control growing beyond control and this raised suspicions from the family members (wife, daughter-in-law and sons) at around 11 am who ran towards the fire to help Zambuko.

They fought the fire with the aid of neighbours who joined a few hours later, for hours, managing to extinguish it at around 8 p.m.

It was around that time when en realised that the octogenarian was missing.

They went on to engage a search party till around 3 am when they found his body laying meters away from the farm.

Zambuko suffered from burns on the back, legs, hands and could no longer breathe by the time he was found.

EMA provincial spokesperson information officer Simon Musasiwa hinted that Zambuko disobeyed EMA rules and regulations concerning the destruction of stock residue by lighting a veld fire in an illegal period.

“Burning stock residue during that period was illegal and dangerous, we urge members of the public to respect EMA rules and regulations as they are meant for your own safety.” said Musasiwa.

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