Five men in serious trouble after bashing sangoma to death


Five Rusape men allegedly attacked a 94-year-old woman with a syjambok, before stoning her to death.

Brian Makamba, Emmerson Nyamagodo, Edmore Murinda, Gibson Murinda and Ephraim Tundumarano have since appeared in court for allegedly murdering Mrs Tayisekwa Zimbudzi of Village 13, Chinyika West, Headlands.

The late Mrs Zimbudzi was a traditional healer.

The five men were not asked to plead when they recently appeared before Rusape magistrate, Mr Gift Manyika.

They were remanded in custody to next week on Monday.

Mr Marlon Makamba appeared for the State, while Mr Leonard Chigadza of Chigadza and Associates represented the five.

Mr Makamba said the five were Mrs Zimbudzi’s neighbours.

Things got ugly after her grandsons allegedly stole honey from the gang’s beehive.

“The five allegedly effected a citizen’s arrest on Mrs Zimbudzi’s grandchildren – Munashe, Takunda and Guidance Muchakwaya — for allegedly stealing honey from Brian Makamba’s beehive. Mrs Zimbudzi’s grandchildren were kept at Makamba’s homestead,” said the State prosecutor.

This did not go down well with the elderly woman. She therefore teamed up with her other grandson, Mr Tongai Mashamba, and went to Makamba’s homestead to rescue them.

While deliberating over the issue, Tundumarano allegedly struck Mrs Zimbudzi with a rod on the back.

“Mrs Zimbudzi returned to her homestead but the accused persons followed her and threw stones randomly. In the process, the elderly woman was hit on the chest.

“She went to Headlands Clinic to seek medical attention and was referred to Marondera Provincial Hospital. However, she died on her way to the hospital. A post mortem revealed that the cause of her death was thoracic trauma,” said Mr Makamba.

— Manica Post

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