THE body of an unidentified woman was last week found in Chikanga’s pool of death.
Over the past five years, the pool has claimed the lives of at least eight people through suicide as well as murder-related cases.
Situated near Murahwa Mountain, the pool is also reported to be a dumping site for babies.
In the latest incident, an unidentified woman’s body was found in the pool with no visible injuries.
A 16-year-old juvenile, (name withheld) who was passing by saw the woman’s body floating close to the banks of the pool.
It is yet to be established if the woman committed suicide or was murdered.
“We are appealing to members of the public with a missing relative to contact their nearest police station and assist in identifying the woman. She had no signs of injuries and investigations are in progress to ascertain whether she was murdered or she committed suicide,” said Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Luxson Chananda.
In 2018, a 28-year-old Mutare woman died in the same pool while attempting to perform traditional rituals.
Bridget Mangazi, who was popularly known as Mai Kuku, had gone to the dam with four other women to perform rituals when she slipped and fell into the dam while relieving herself.
The other women told Mai Kuku’s relatives that they believed she had been taken by mermaids.
In another incident, a resident who used to sell electrical wares near Chikanga TM shops, popularly known as Stavo, threw himself to death in the same pool.
In January last year, a woman also threw herself into the same pool. Her body was found floating a few days later.
Interviewed residents said they are now leaving in fear as the dam claims one person each year.
“We hear about the death of a person in that pool each year. It is now worrying us and we are calling upon traditionalists and faith healers to do something about this pool because lives are continuously being lost at the dam,” said Mr Leeroy Mufute.
Mrs Mirriam Moyo said: “It is worrying that suicidal people are finding the pool a haven for ending their lives. We now believe there are mermaids in that dam as one of the victims slipped while performing rituals.
“Her colleagues were convinced that she was killed by a mermaid. They must have seen something. We have also heard that a huge fish stays in there.”
Mutare City Council spokesperson Mr Spren Mtiwi is on record saying council will ensure the pool is either used for income generating projects or sealed off.
“Despite erecting a perimeter fence around the pool, people are still finding their way through.
“When a brick-moulding company was operating there years back, they did not take the issue of land reclamation seriously, hence the creation of the pool. Had there been a proper land reclamation programme, the area would have been rehabilitated,” he said.
— Manica Post