UNI STUDENT STRUCK AND KILLED BY LIGHTNING

A Midlands State University student has been struck and killed by lightining while walking home in Chegutu.

Thelma Mbendhle (23), a third year Bio-Technology student was on attachment in Chegutu. It is suspected that the lighting was triggered by the cellphone which was in Mbendle’s bra.

Mashonaland West provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara said the incident occurred at around 5.30PM on Wednesday.

“I can confirm that a female adult was struck by lightning while walking with a friend. There were two ladies, one of them an MSU student Thelma Mbendhle (23) and her friend Tsitsi Mapfumo (22) who were walking in footpath along ZMDC in Chegutu. The two were struck by a bolt of  lightning and they fell unconscious at about 5:30 PM,” said Insp Mabgweazara.

He said a local councillor Mr Henry Muchatibaya rushed the pair to Chegutu District Hospital but unfortunately Mbendhle died.


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