A PFUPAJENA man drowned in a dam while trying to retrieve a duck he had killed using a catapult.
Local resident Gift Miti confirmed they buried his best friend Tapiwa Banda on Sunday after he drowned.
“On the fateful Thursday, Banda was in the company of his wife on their way to Mupfure River for illegal gold panning so they could get cash to buy food.
“Upon reaching the dam, he extracted his catapult from a tools bag and shot a duck that was close to the edge.
“He stripped off his clothes and handed his wife before he dived into the dam and by the time he grabbed the duck, he started to drown,” he said.
Miti said efforts to rescue Banda were futile despite his wife calling for help.
“When he was in water, his wife rushed to the farm compound to seek help but those who were first to reach the scene failed to rescue Banda because it appears like his legs were tied on something at the bottom of the dam,” Miti narrated.
What is so weird is the dead was hauled off on Friday afternoon and brought out of the dam clasping the duck in his right hand.
“Banda used to swim after shooting his prey but what happened last Friday left the entire farm shell-shocked. How can a corpse have firm grip on a duck,” Miti asked.
Farm dwellers strongly believe in the myth that every August a natural ritual sacrifice occurs at the dam.
“There is an appeasement of unknown spirits. Strange and frightening deaths happen every August.
“If it’s not a cattle, a person dies mysteriously and the only solution to stop recurrence is to engage prophets and traditional medium spirits,” he said.