WHERE is Tapiwa Makore’s head?
It’s something which still haunts his family, after his brutal murder, and will ensure they don’t get any closure.
His body was buried without its head.
“Yes justice prevailed (after two relatives were found guilty of killing him), but I was hoping to know the whereabouts of the head,” said his father Munyaradzi.
“It is something that continues to eat me up that I buried my son without his head and up to now I do not know its whereabouts.
“I will only leave this to God, but I am in pain.”
Even during the handing down of the judgment, Justice Munamato Mutevedzi did not meddle into it.
Munyaradzi said the case has also affected the unity of the family since it was done by family members,
“It is painful that the murderers had to be my relatives, my brother actually.
“Tinopesaniswa hukama nekuda kwezvisina basa zvekuda kuromba,” he said.
When Tafadzwa Shamba first appeared before a Murehwa magistrate, he narrated how he gruesomely murdered the boy.
He led the police to where he had killed him but later on, during trial, he made a twist citing that he was forced to make the indications.
He said the police tricked him to make indications implicating Tapiwa Makore Senior as his accomplice.
Throughout the trial, the family endured painful testimonies, reliving the memories of their son’s life and the horrors of his untimely death.
Shamba and Makore kidnapped, drugged the boy with illicit beer, killed him and finally mutilated his body for ritual purposes, to boost their cabbage business.
Tapiwa’s mother, Linda Munyori, said she was relieved because of the unwavering commitment to justice that was shown.
“While the scars from this tragedy may never fully fade the justice will bring something,” she said.
The sentencing of the duo is scheduled for July 12.