Passengers injured escaping snake

BULAWAYO - Two Bulawayo commuters suffered broken elbows yesterday afternoon while attempting to escape from a black mamba which slithered out of the back seat of a “pirate taxi”.

Dumisani Nyoni, 19, and Mtsepeng Zhou, 18, sat in shock along Fort Street with broken left hand elbows while other six other passengers were helping the injured teenagers when the Daily News crew arrived at the scene.

Nyoni and Zhou had jumped out of the moving vehicle while other passengers scrambled out of the unregistered taxi to escape from the deadly snake.

Passengers abandoned the vehicle in the middle of the road.

A crowd surrounded the car to see the snake. The police and an ambulance crew attended the scene.
One motorist managed to run over the snake.

The driver, Tawanda Makonese, 26, told police that he was shaken to hear his passengers shouting “a snake, a snake” while the two teenagers jumped out of the moving car.

“I don’t know where that snake came from and I am still shocked because it is hard to explain.  It’s like I am dreaming. 

“Maybe one of the passengers carried the snake in my car because I cannot think of anything else at the moment, or someone bewitched me,” Makonese told the police.

He suspected that someone amongst his eight passengers owned the snake.

One of the injured teenagers said he did not notice there was a snake when they got into the car.

“When we entered the car we did not see the snake but to our surprise when the car was on its way the coiled mamba just rolled to our feet that is when we opened the car doors and jumped out.

“I still don’t understand where the snake came from,” Nyoni said.

Zhou said the driver must be seriously questioned as he suspects it is associated with witchcraft.

“How does a snake end up in a car in broad day light in a town like this? Right now I have broken my elbow because of something I don’t understand. The driver should give us answers.

“We should respect each other as human beings, if someone needs money he should work for it rather than use juju,” Zhou charged.

Other passengers who were in the car expressed disappointment saying they have never witnessed such an incident happen.

“In my entire life I have never experienced a terrifying incident like this. How can a mamba get inside a car?

“Maybe the world is coming to an end,” one the passengers said.

The police said they are going to investigate the matter further.

Comments (20)

Zvakaoma!!

Hazvie - 18 October 2013

Hezvo ndiwo madunamutuna mu tawundi. Ngatinamatei veduwe tisiyane ne uroyi

Matombo - 18 October 2013

there is no way that could have been a black mamba. had it been one surely it would have struck 4 or so in that taxi... black mambas don't come that docile at all

patient - 18 October 2013

*broken left hand elbows * left hand or left elbow ???

Kungotaurawo Hangu - 18 October 2013

it is now the hot season and snakes are out in full force. Motorists prefer parking cars under trees and snakes like bushy places!!!

norest - 18 October 2013

it is now the hot season and snakes are out in full force. Motorists prefer parking cars under trees and snakes like bushy places!!!

norest - 18 October 2013

The Parks and Wildlife people should confirm whether or not it was a mamba.Anyway, what l really want to say is that we should not always attribute such incidents to witchcraft.There is just too much superstition and prophets are making profits.Snakes deserve a life ,too ,but unfortunately for this one,it found its way in this car.No?!

mascara - 18 October 2013

I believe this was caused by sanctions.....how else can you explain an indeginous mamba in a car owned by an enterprising indeginous pirate taxi owner

Zuze - 18 October 2013

"A crowd surrounded the car to see the snake.The police and an ambulance crew attended the scene.One motorist managed to run over the snake." Are these sentences supposed to make a paragraph?

Zuze - 18 October 2013

The driver should slow down on the dramatics..chances are he may have travelled into the rural areas and the cobra not mamba could have sought shelter there..Mambas do not pussyfoot around and those guys will not be nursing broken elbows as we speak but much worse..Perhaps our people from National Parks may need to educate people abut the difference between mhungu (cobra, which can assume a darker shade of grey as it gets older) and rovambira (black mamba so called because it has a black mouth and nothing to do with its skin)

gutter poet - 18 October 2013

snakes like to chase mice.it must have chased the rat or mouse into the car even from underneath mambas are clever no witchcraft at all ITS MAMBACRAFT!!!

west - 18 October 2013

snakes like to chase mice.it must have chased the rat or mouse into the car even from underneath mambas are clever no witchcraft at all ITS MAMBACRAFT!!!

west - 18 October 2013

snakes like to chase mice.it must have chased the rat or mouse into the car even from underneath mambas are clever no witchcraft at all ITS MAMBACRAFT!!!

west - 18 October 2013

check the difference between a mamba and cobra click link below: www.paidbounty.com/ref.php?s=34850

wacpop - 18 October 2013

You Zimbos you are too superstitious. Thats why false prophets take advantage of you to make money out of you. Hapana witchcraft apa!! Just a snake. It was also given life by God! Come around please!!!

Panenyaya - 18 October 2013

Hapana nyaya apa

MUTIMBANYOKA - 18 October 2013

Zimbos whats wrong with you? Everthing that defies logic occurs people are quick toconclude that its wichcraft. Thanks to all those who commented logically to show that there is no black magic but it was an unforeseen incident. A rare öne it can be a guiness record.

Gwenaz - 18 October 2013

I am appaled by the driver how can he behave like that. Why deny and blame passengers? Pirate taxis travel to odd routes so a snake can come from nowhere. No magic at all. Even the other driver who ran over the snake was risking him self and his passenger for it can bite you or slip into the car underneath. He needs to be issued an animal cruelity fine for killing the snake.

Gwenaz - 18 October 2013

Police to investigate? Ha ha ha, ki kikiki. Vanenge vasiya ani pama toll gates? Kikikiki. These jokers. No point in reporting anything to the so called police my foot. Cry the beloved country!!!!!

Mhofu - 20 October 2013

Guys the story of taxis is every where in the world that they use juju...Mabasa ezvikwambo..varoyi

Clemence Tashaya - 20 October 2013

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