Lightning kills 1, injures 4


AN African Apostolic Church member died on Monday, while four others sustained various injuries after they were struck by a lightning bolt during a prayer session at an open space in Nyatsime, Chitungwiza.


Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident and urged people to take precautionary measures to avoid fatalities or injuries when it is raining.

“The ZRP has noted with concern recent cases of fatalities as a result of lightning occurring around the country. The most recent occurred in Chitungwiza on January 25 around 6:30pm when members of African Apostolic Church (Mwazha) gathered at an open space in the Nyatsime area for a prayer session,” Charamba said.

“Following a heavy downpour, the congregation was struck by lightning. Five people sustained burns and were ferried to Chitungwiza Central Hospital, where one was pronounced dead upon arrival. The other three are in a stable condition, while the fourth is critical,” she said.

Several cases of people getting struck by lightning have been reported around the country since last year.


  1. Mapositori Mapositori, Mapositori, do not put the Lord our God to test. Even Jesus was preaching and teaching the Word of God in the temple and not in open. We are tired of hearing these stories where by people’s lives are taken for a ride. Pray yes , Worship yes, but take precautionary measures in light of harsh weather conditions. May the soul of the affected rest in eternal peace. I wish speedy recovery for those injured so that they will keep on praising and worshiping our Lord God, Giving a living testimony.

  2. Tongesai, when Jesus fed the five thousand people with five loaves and two fish who were made to sit on the grass, were the people in a temple. Read your bible. Don’t preach heresy just because there was a tragic event at a place where people were gathered.

  3. Tongesai, when Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish were the people in a temple. We are told the people were made to sit on the grass and they were at a desolate place. Read your bible and don’t just criticize for the sake of it.

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