A Harare woman who has been sick for a long time died last week while preparing to go for a healing ceremony with her fellow apostolic sect (Masowe) members at a prayer mountain in Stoneridge.
Sibongile Mhlanga (35) who was said to have fallen sick since the beginning of last year died on February 26 at Madzimai Martha’s house after her husband had left her to get assistance.
A source said Mhlanga’s husband refused to take her to the hospital to seek medical attention as their church doctrine doesn’t allow them to seek medical attention and he did not inform Mhlanga’s relatives about her illness; the relatives only found out a few days before her death.
One of the church mates, Madzimai Rura who was looking after Mhlanga together with Madzimai Martha narrated to H-Metro how Mhlanga passed on.
“Tainamata navo saka murume wavo paakaona kuti she was now very ill akaona zvakakodzera kuti vauye vazogara pano tivachengete so she came here on Monday evening and we started looking after her, cooking for her as well as bathing her sezvo vanga vachizviitira tsvina.
“Murume wavo namadzibaba vepamba pano vanga vaenda kugomo kunomunamatira kuti apore, so on Wednesday morning hama dzamadzimai Sibo dzakauya dzichiti dzaida kumutora asi hatina kuvatendera because we wanted to go with her to the prayer mountain at night kwanga kunana madzibaba vakakwira Tuesday.
“Saka manheru tava kuvagezesa kuma 4 ndipo pavakabva vatoshaya saka takanozivisa hama dzavo ndipo padzakabva dzatiramwira body vachiti vane chigumbu nemukwasha also.
“We had refused to surrender madzimai Sibongile to her relatives before she died saka izvezvi chitunha chiri pano kubva nezuro,” narrated madzimai Rura.
Madzimai Martha refused to speak to H-Metro saying she couldn’t speak because her husband was not around.
Sibongile’s husband Stanley Mtengwa who came back from the prayer mountain a day after his wife’s death said he was hoping that his wife would get better after he prayed for her at the prayer mountain.
“I was interceding for her at the mountain. I didn’t know she was going to die.
“I also wanted to see her fit again hatina kumboenda kuhospital nekuti we believe that our God heals and not the hospital,” said Mtengwa after being beaten by one of Sibongile’s brother.
Sibongile’s family member’s refused to take their daughter’s body as they were saying Mtengwa’s churchmates were responsible for their daughter’s death.
“Hatisi kumutora mwana wamukoma vangu nekuti vanhu veku Masowe together with our son in law vakaramba naye achiri mupenyu so let them bury her; we are out of it ngaagare ikoko kwa madzimai ndivo vava hama dzake,” he said.
Sibongile’s elder brother later gave Mtengwa a condition that the family will only accept the deceased’s body after Mtengwa reports the death of their sister to the police.
“Kana wakatongwara dai watonoudza mapurisa kufa kwehanzvadzi yangu and from there you can be able to take her to the mortuary then we will accept the body toenda kunoviga mwana wedu kwaMurewa kumusha,” he said.
Mtengwa agreed to go to the police station and he asked some of Sibongile’s family members to accompany him to Mbudzi police base to report the case.