Heartbreaking Tragedy: 6-year-old boy drowns in abandoned pit while playing


Tragedy struck the Chiweshe community when a 6-year-old boy lost his life in a devastating incident on Monday afternoon. Divine Musemwa, a young resident of Madzuramhende village under Chief Negomo, drowned in a disused pit while playing with his peers.

The heart-wrenching discovery was made by Divine’s father, Anthony Musemwa, who found his son submerged in a pit that had been previously used for brick moulding by members of the community. Mr. Tapfumaneyi Muhove, speaking on behalf of the family, shared the details of the unfortunate incident.

According to Mr. Muhove, Divine had returned home from Nyakudya Primary School, where he was attending ECD-B. On that fateful day, Divine and his 7-year-old cousin Tadiwa Musemwa were sent to fetch water from a nearby borehole. At around 2:00 PM, Tadiwa returned alone, carrying two 5-litre containers of water. When asked about Divine’s whereabouts, Tadiwa mentioned that he had left him behind, engaged in play.

However, as the evening wore on and Divine failed to return home, Tadiwa revealed the dreadful truth. He confessed that Divine had drowned in the pit while they were fetching water earlier that afternoon. Upon hearing this devastating news, Divine’s father rushed to the site and discovered his lifeless body submerged in water.

In a gesture of support for the bereaved family, Mazowe Central Member of Parliament, Cde Maxmore Njanji, extended assistance. He provided a coffin, food, and transportation to facilitate the transfer of Divine’s body from Concession mortuary to the village. Chief Negomo’s wife also contributed by providing food to aid the family during this difficult time, showing solidarity within the community.

Sadly, this tragic incident adds to the already somber atmosphere in Chiweshe, as another unfortunate event occurred the day before. Three girls lost their lives while fishing in the Chiraire River and were laid to rest yesterday, compounding the grief felt by the Chiweshe families.

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