The death of Mutare socialite, Mr Blessing Mawaraidzo, has sparked controversy as his girlfriǝnd, Ms Rophia Makamba, demands the US$15,000 she claims he was holding at the time of his death.
Mr Mawaraidzo passed away in his rented house in Mutare on June 6, leading to speculation that he died from injuries sustained during a violent confrontation with a rival suitor in Harare.
Ms Makamba denies these rumours and believes that there is more to Mr Mawaraidzo’s death than natural causes, possibly involving poisoning.
The incident has led to nasty exchanges between his widow, Mrs Joice Mawaraidzo, and Ms Makamba, with Mrs Mawaraidzo applying for a peace order against the mistress.
“I work for my money. In fact, Blessing was in possession of some money amounting to about US$15,000 when he died. This is the money that I am entitled to and I am asking for it. Instead all I get is a peace order,” Ms Makamba told the Manica Post.
In response, Mrs Muwaraidzo said she could not talk to the press. However, in her affidavit for application of a peace order against Ms Makamba, Mrs Muwaraidzo states that: “The Respondent was my husband’s girlfriend. He passed away on the 6th of June, 2023. After the death of my husband, the Respondent began to unnecessarily abusing me by threatening, harassing and provoking me for no reasonable cause.”
Ms Makamba did not mince her words on what she also believes to be unnatural causes that led to her partner’s death.
“It is sad that I have been painted villain in all this drama because lies travel fast. I am surprised that even the media are publishing negative stories about me when I am innocent. The truth of the matter is that, with all that is going on, I believe there is more to Blessing’s death than natural causes.”
She denied the widely circulated rumours that the deceased succumbed to the backfiring money spinning rituals they (Ms Makamba and the late Mr Muwaraidzo) had joined.
“It is unfortunate that most people still have the belief that everyone who makes money does so through rituals. I have not joined any ritual cult and I work hard for my money.”