Lupane – A suspected bomb exploded on a farm in Lupane, detonating the roof and cracking the walls of a two-room house as well as three other huts owned by neighbors.
A toilet wall also cracked as a vehicle had a shattered windshield following the explosion on Sunday afternoon.
The damaged houses and a car windshield were worth US $ 4,000.
The incident took place in the village of Mqoqi, in the Shabula region, under the command of Chief Mabhikwa and it is suspected that the bomb could have been left during the liberation struggle of the 1970s.
It was also a hot spot during the state-sponsored Gukurahundi massacres of the 1980s, which left thousands of Ndebeles dead.
However, no one was injured although Lupane Women’s Center director Hildegard Nyathi-Mufukare told Civil Protection Unit (CPU) officials who visited the scene on Tuesday that five people survived. barely.
The explosion took place in a garbage pit after the children of Mufukare started a fire to burn trash while they were cleaning out a chicken pen.
“There were five of them cleaning the henhouse when they burned trash in a pit that we have always used over the years,” she said.
“They suddenly heard a loud bang. I was at the Lupane Center and I heard it too.”
The walls of a two-room house cracked as its roof collapsed after being blown by the bomb.
Three neighbors also saw their huts probably affected by the vibrations.
Matabeleland North Police spokesman Inspector Glory Banda confirmed that the explosion took place at 3 p.m. at Nyathi-Mufukare’s home.
“After a few minutes an explosion was heard from the landfill where they had started a fire to burn the garbage. This caused cracks on the two room house and also shattered the screen of a Toyota Hilux double cab which was parked in the yard, as well as Blair’s toilet, ”Banda said.
Police and the Zimbabwe National Army Bomb Disposal Team also attended the scene.
Lupane District CPU President Ennete Sithole, who is also the Lupane District Development Coordinator, said affected families needed urgent help to repair their building structures.
She said the CPU would seek help from community members to help affected families.