17-year-old boy crushed to pieces by train, found with twist of mbanje in pocket


A 17-year-old boy who was crushed by a train to pieces in Chiredzi last week was found with a twist of mbanje in his pocket.

Elias Runozivei whose body was discovered along the railway line next to Chiwara Light Industry Garage had pieces of his body strewn over a long distance with his left toe found lying 40 metres away from the crush scene.

Runozivei was found with a twist of dagga, a khaki paper normally used for making a mbanje cigarette and a dollar in his pocket.

Police spokesperson was not reachable for comment.

A Mirror reporter who went to the scene got there before the body was collected.

Runozivei’s body was discovered at around 930am by George Madzingwa who reported to the Police.

Sifanele Duwa a stepfather to the deceased told The Mirror that Elias used to sell sugarcane cuts which he acquired from Hippo Valley plantations and he had a habit of moving around during late hours.

“Elias used to walk around at night and he would sometimes go to Hippo Valley where he would acquire sugarcane cuts which he would sell to the people.

“Last night (Saturday) after doing piecework at our neighbor, he got paid and left home at around 7pm,” said Duwa.

Duwa also confirmed that the deceased was last week once arrested for stealing the sugarcane plants and was fined $10 for the crime.

A Police report seen by The Mirror indicates that Elias was hit by a train and dragged 40 meters.

In a statement seen by The Mirror, senior engine man in-charge of the train said that he saw an object at around 4am and he ran over it thinking it could be some criminals who placed it there to stop him so that he would steal the sugarcane that he was ferrying.

— MasvingoMirror

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