A woman from Munyaradzi village under Headman Nyamutaki under Chief Bota recently shocked the community after she was caught by a family member at night watering rapoko planted around a grave.
Pellagia Makocha, a single mother of two, is alleged to have planted the crop around the grave of her late brother Jacob Makocha who was murdered in South Africa back in 2016.
Headman Nyamutaki, born Marxell Chaminuka, confirmed the incident and said his council tried to force her to uproot the plants but she refused and they sought police intervention.
“I received the report from the village head who had failed to persuade her to uproot the plants. My council decided that she be accompanied to the grave to remove the plants but she still refused. She also ignored pleas from her own family members saying there was nothing wrong in planting flowers in the graveyard so we engaged the police,” said Headman Nyamutaki.
He said the woman told the police her strange act was meant to provoke the spirit of her dead brother to fight his killers.
Other sources said the family member had earlier saw a nail wrapped with red knitting wool plugged onto a Marula tree near Makocha’s homestead where she lives with her father.
“A family member saw a nail with red cloth and wool on a tree near the homestead and reported the matter to the village head who is also a member of the family.
He was told to make a formal report but before he could do it, he saw something worse happening in the graveyard.