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A 22-YEAR-OLD woman from Ndlovu village, about 30km from Victoria Falls, allegedly beheaded her eight-month-old daughter before attempting to commit suicide, police confirmed yesterday.The Officer Commanding Victoria Falls, Chief Superintendent Jairos Chiwona, said they were holding Louislonh Gurajena Siziba for the gruesome murder of her daughter Nomawethu Ncube.

He said the incident happened on Tuesday at number BH 28 – the suspect's parents' homestead, under Chief Mvuthu.

Chief Supt Chiwona said an 11-year-old girl rushed to inform her grandmother who was attending a meeting in the village after she overheard Siziba saying she wanted to kill the baby "as she could not take it anymore".

The grandmother, accompanied by a Neighourhood Watch Committee member and some neighbours, arrived a little too late as Siziba had already beheaded her baby and was sitting next to the lifeless body with a  big knife in her hands.

It is reported that Siziba allegedly had a dispute with her boyfriend, the father of the girl, who is in South Africa, over paternity of the child.
Her family then moved her from Victoria Falls town where she was staying before she became pregnant last year, to their rural home.

"We can confirm that we are holding a female adult in connection with the murder of her child.  Preliminary investigations show that the woman could have been frustrated but investigations are progressing to get more details," Chief Supt Chiwona said.

He said Siziba, who completed her Form Four at Dadani College in 2010, would soon appear in court charged with murder.

The incident has left Victoria Falls residents and villagers from Ndlovu area dumbfounded as they try to come to terms with the incident.
Some people suggest that Siziba was possessed by demons when she committed the crime.

"We do not know why she decided to kill the baby and wanted to kill herself. She could have been frustrated over maintenance of the child because the boyfriend abandoned her and went to South Africa. He never came back until recently when we heard that he sent some groceries and promised to come," said a neighbour.

Another villager said Siziba had been withdrawn lately. "Maybe she will open up to the police about what was troubling her because she would not tell anyone.

"We have heard rumours that the man in South Africa is not the father of the girl but that is not reason to kill her. She was alone at home with an 11-year-old girl as their grandmother had gone to a meeting and the girl saw her pick up an axe saying she wanted to kill her daughter. She later took a knife and that is when the girl ran to inform her grandmother," said the villager.

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