Mystery surrounds the death of a Harare Central African Banking Society (CABS) youthful bank teller who died after he allegedly fell under the bridge when he was involved in a car accident at the flyover along Simon Mazorodze road last week.
25-year-old Positive Matarutse was found lying unconscious with his car hanging over the flyover before he was taken to St Annes Hospital where he died on Thursday.
Ironically, he died a day before he could take up his new post as the Rusape branch manager following a promotion.
According to a relative who declines to be named, Positive is said to have been warned by his friends to watch his back after he was promoted as some people were not happy with his promotion.
“He had just been promoted to head the Rusape branch and this was a good development especially for someone of his age. It however, emerged that some people were not pleased with the development. We don’t know how he fell from his car to the ground because he was said to have been alone in the car. The only people who are said to have witnessed the accident are those who were in a commuter omnibus that was driving behind his car,” narrated the relative.
“We still have a lot of questions regarding his death. he couldn’t say a word after the alleged accident as he was unconscious till he died so we only have the word of people who reportedly witnessed the accident and a police report. This could have been a genuine accident but it’s very difficult to believe especially after we heard that some people were not happy with his promotion,” added the relative.
Positive’s mother also confirmed that mystery surrounded her son’s death although she said she would find solace in the Lord.
“Mafiro akaita Positive haanzwisisike zvekuti nanhasi handina zvandinokanisa kukutaurirai kuti zvakafamba sei. Takazongonzwa kuti aita accident, but I believe God knows. he is the one who gave us, and is the one who took. We just believe what was on the police report and maybe his time had come. I believe he died on the spot as the doctors told us that his brain had stopped working when he arrived at the hospital.”
“He was such a good boy and even people at our church can confirm that. He was my first child and I’m yet to come to terms with his death. i wish I could really explain what killed my boy,” said the grief-stricken Mrs Matarutse.
Comfort, who is Positive’s younger brother, said the now-deceased had spoken to him before the accident advising him that he was feeling feverish.
“I was with him 30 minutes before the accident and he had told me that he was feeling sick. I insisted that I should drive him but he refused saying he had seen a doctor who had told him that he was fine. He later dropped me home and left for town. He should have been involved in the accident on his way back home. he had shown signs that he wasn’t feeling well but he had assured me that he would be fine. I suspect that maybe when he was involved in the accident, his air bags opened up with so much force and threw him outside the car through the door,” he said.
A neighbour also revealed that Positive’s love life was also complicated as a woman who is heavily pregnant eloped to his place before his death and this situation has become very complicated since Positive was engaged to another girl at his ZAOGA church whom he was set to marry.
“Although he was a very disciplined guy, a girl had just eloped to his place and things had just been tense as he was set to get married to another girl at his church. This could have been the major source of his frustrations,” said the neighbour.