Mpandawana woke up to a bizarre incident on Wednesday morning when a mentally challenged woman, Esther Katandawa (27) used an axe to kill a 29-year-old man and thereafter started eating his cerebral cortex (the brain tissue) as fear-stricken residents watched from a distance.
Katandawa found Simon Muzenda in a bush cutting down firewood at around 9am. She went for Muzenda, overpowered him and took over the axe which she then used to attack him.
Masvingo province Police spokesperson, assistant inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa has confirmed the incident.
A similar incident took place a couple of months ago when a Zimbabwean man allegedly killed a South African man and reportedly ate his heart with folk and knife.
The man, Andrew Chimboza, was arrested in the neighbouring country after police caught him eating the heart of another human ‘with a knife and fork,’ local media in South African has reported.
The incident took place in Cape Town, where the man was spotted by a witness “digging from the body and stuffing his face”.
Chimboza, whose identity has not been disclosed, had visited his ex-girlfriend Nomonde Soloshe, believed to be in her 50s, and her new boyfriend Mbuyiselo Manona, 62, at their house.
The heart-eater allegedly gave Soloshe some money to buy a liquor at a nearby store.
When the woman returned, she was told by tenants who rent a flat attached to her property not to enter the house.
“I forced my way in. That’s when I saw a pool of blood,” Soloshe explained. “I ran outside to ask for help from neighbours.”
A witness, Nkululeko Mpambo, said he saw the attack from his window, but was too scared to intervene.