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Zimbabwe Woman Meets Her Death by Tree she set Ablaze to Kill a Snake

Zimbabwe Woman Meets Her Death by Tree she set Ablaze to Kill a Snake

A woman died in Mvurwi, Zimbabwe, on Monday night after a tree she had set ablaze in an attempt to kill a snake fell on her and killed her instantly.

A witness, Kelvin Kunze, said the now deceased, Loveness Muchadakuenda, 33, of Vigira farm in Mvurwi was about to be attacked by a snake which later climbed up a tree near her hut after fellow farm workers came to her rescue, reports Bulawayo24.

The incident happened at around 3pm and with the help of other villagers, Muchadakuenda set the tree ablaze in a bid to scare away the snake, suspected to be a black mamba, which the witness said was common to the farming community that lay at the foot of a mountain.

“The snake wanted to attack her (Muchadakuenda) and she was rescued by the other villagers,” Kunze said.

“They attacked the snake and it fled and climbed up a tree near the deceased’s hut. This forced her to set the tree a blaze to scare the snake away.”

But Kunze said the snake somehow disappeared and about five hours later at around 8pm, the deceased decided to put off the fire.

“She went into her hut to get a bucket of water to put off the fire. Just as she came out, the tree, unfortunately, fell on her and she died instantly,” Kunze.

Mashonaland Central acting police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Petros Maskati, said he was yet to receive the case.

“We are yet to receive that case at our office; as soon as we get it, you will get it,” said Masikati.

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The corpse has been sent to Mvurwi mortuary for safe keeping.

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