A pastor has succumbed to injuries sustained from a petrol bomb attack by robbers who reportedly stormed his Bubi home in Matabeleland North Tuesday night with the resultant inferno burning the entire family property.
Bishop Ephraim Ndlovu (51) of Alive in Christ Pentecostal Church suffered burns of up to 97 percent of his body.
He later died Saturday at Mpilo Central hospital where he had been admitted since Wednesday morning.
His widow, Naomi Ndlovu, said during the slain cleric’s funeral wake in Bulawayo’s Emganwini suburb that the attackers demanded cash while outside the family’s Bubi home.
The distraught widow said before the attackers made their cash demands, they broke windowpanes and started sprinkling petrol into their home.
“They knew what they were doing. They broke windowpanes and started sprinkling petrol in the house. That’s when we woke up and my husband started negotiating with them asking them what they wanted,” she said.
“One of them said they wanted US$500 and another demanded US$1000. We were now in the lounge, and I realised that I was semi-naked then I moved to the bedroom and grabbed a skirt and a top as I returned to the sitting room.
“My husband entered the bedroom and that’s when I heard the explosion.”
She said her husband emerged from the bedroom severely burnt, skin peeling off.
The grieving widow said at that moment, she had managed to gather two of her minor children who were sleeping in another bedroom and called for help as their door could only open from outside.
She said the family has been left with nothing as all the property was burnt.
“I am left with six children, three boys and three girls; two of them minors who are supposed to be writing examinations this year.
“One of them is in Form Four while another is in Form Six. What will I give them? How will I raise the children? The whole house was burnt to ashes, nothing was saved. We no longer have shelter and property.”
Mrs Ndlovu was convinced her husband’s killers harboured motives different from an attempt to rob.