Breaking News

Late sangoma's wife (17) speaks out on mystery blast

by Staff Reporter
24 January 2013 | 5373 Views
The Zengeza traditional healer's 17-year-old wife opened up yesterday saying she felt electric shock in the blast that claimed her husband and four other people on Monday afternoon. The cause of the blast has not yet been established.

Ms Liliyosa Nyawata, the traditional healer's wife, said that her husband could have survived the explosion had he been attended to earlier.

The couple had been together for a couple of weeks.

Speaking at Chitungwiza General Hospital mortuary where she joined the Mandere family to collect Speakmore Mandere's remains, Ms Nyawata said she had eloped to the traditional healer three weeks ago.

The couple had stayed at 4 Ndororo Street for only 10 days.

The families had not yet collected the bodies late yesterday afternoon. They, however, indicated that they would bury their relatives today.

The traditional healer died together with four other people who include kombi operator Mr Clever Kamudzeya, baby Kelly Chimina and two unidentified men.

Nyawata said she had just arrived at the house when the incident occurred.

She was with Kamudzeya's wife and two other women when the explosion occurred.

The women had gone to fetch water for domestic use in the suburb. They had used Kamudzeya's vehicle to fetch water.

"When we got home there were some people intending to see my husband. They wanted to be attended to," she said.

Nyawata said as she put the last bucket into the house she heard a huge blast and found herself "tucked into a refrigerator".

"I got some electric shocks. I finally managed to escape. Once I was outside I looked for my husband.

"I saw him lying motionless outside. He was bleeding from the nose and mouth but was still breathing," she said.

She said as the ambulance took her to the hospital she told the crew that her husband was still breathing, but they ignored her.

Nyawata said when the blast occurred there were eight adults in the house.

Four women were in the dining room while the men were in another bedroom.

"I had stayed with him for three weeks. We were planning to get a traditional marriage," she said.

She dismissed reports that there was a dispute between her and her ex-husband only identified as Shumba.

She said her ex-husband was from Mberengwa and works for a Harare car dealer.

"I had a child with him when I was 14 years old. He paid part of the lobola but I decided I could not stay with him because of the ill-treatment I got. I left him in October," she said.

She said she met Mandere when she had returned to her parents' home in the same suburb.

Nyawata dismissed as fictitious reports that her ex-husband had been deported to Malawi and was seeking revenge.

Across town in St Mary's at the Kamudzeya family, friends and relatives were gathered and preparing to travel to Watambwa Village in Chihota for the burial.

Robert Kamudzeya, an elder brother to Clever, said the family was still not aware of what had caused the blast.

"We are concerned about the media reports. We are sure the incident had nothing to do with lightning," he said.

His son Tichaona said the family was devastated by the death of a "loving and caring father".

At the scene of the blast, neighbours suggested that traditional healers should not be allowed to operate within residential areas.

Mr Blessing Magaya said they should operate in secluded areas away from the public.

"Now we are all suffering," he said.

Ms Felistas Dumba, daughter to Mandere's landlord, said the family would not sell the property.

"In future such healers should have their own premises away from the rest of us," she said.

Mr Kennedy Mangenje said council should allocate traditional healers an area to build their "surgeries".

Most of Sekuru Shumba's paraphernalia was taken to the police station yesterday.

Mandere's father and some of the victims also gave statements to the police yesterday afternoon.

Among Mandere's belongings was the clay pot that survived the blast, raising eyebrows among residents.

The clay pot had inexplicably survived the blast with residents claiming that it was part of the traditional healer's apparatus.

Authorities in Chitungwiza had also hired earthmoving equipment to clear rubble from the site.

The equipment had yesterday cleared the rubble from the damaged houses.

Chitungwiza residents continued to throng the area to catch a glimpse of activities at the site.

Police also maintained their presence to control the crowd.

Mr Oliver Dumba, the landlord, said he would rebuild his seven-roomed house as it was his only source of guaranteed revenue.

"I am 66 years old and am a retired bus driver. I worked for Harare Omnibus Company," he said.

Mr Dumba said he would look for a job to earn a living.

Harare police spokesman Inspector Tedious Chibanda said police were still waiting for results from the specialists who include pathologists and the army bomb disposal unit.

"By tomorrow (today) we will know the direction," he said.

Inspector Chibanda said the matter had now been referred to the CID Law and Order Unit because of its nature.




He confirmed that post-mortems had been carried out on all the five bodies and remains.

He said results would be made public soon.

Sangoma

Source: TH

Is Itai Dzamara eyeing the US Green Card?

Yes
19.12%
No
75%
Not sure
5.88%
408

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Gold mine collapse, 1 dead - A 24-year-old man was killed early last w...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 2464 Views

Tsvangirai slams ZBC for being biased - MDC-T leader, Mr Morgan Tsvang...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 1877 Views

Zimbabwe's 5 grim realities - In the last three months there have been...

by Takura Zhangazha | 26 April 2015 | 2195 Views

Tsvangirai sticks to election boycott decision - MDC-T leader Morgan ...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 1688 Views

Zanu-PF panics - Zanu-PF is panicking over the Hurungwe West poll and...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 3966 Views

Ian Gorowa threatens to report Zifa to Fifa - Former Zimbabwe coach Ia...

by Kennedy Gondwe BBC Sport | 26 April 2015 | 2011 Views

South Africa slams Nigeria over envoy recall - South Africa slammed Ni...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 3195 Views

Bosso sneak victory - Dongo Sawmills - 0 Highlanders FC - 1 (Nqobizith...

by Thobekile Zhou | 26 April 2015 | 2516 Views

Annual British Zim Society research day on the cards - The Bristish Zi...

by Stephen Jakes | 26 April 2015 | 1137 Views

Murder cases drop in Harare - report - Harare Province has recorded a ...

by Thobekile Zhou | 26 April 2015 | 942 Views

PSL Matches Day 6 - Goal Alert: Fulltime Scores

by Thobekile Zhou | 26 April 2015 | 3096 Views

Church president accused of personalizing church - The president of t...

by Stephen Jakes | 26 April 2015 | 2324 Views

Temba Mliswa ready to die for Hurungwe - Expelled Hurungwe West legis...

by Fungi Kwaramba | 26 April 2015 | 2128 Views

Fears for Mugabe's Zanu-PF as chaos escalates - Alarmed by the escalat...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 3101 Views

Zimbabwean woman 'cut into 6 pieces' in South Africa - report - A Zimb...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 3693 Views

Mphoko heckled at campaign launch - VICE President Phelekezela Mphoko ...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 2909 Views

SA political parties fight over xenophobic victims' welfare - THREATS ...

by Stevenson Jackson | 26 April 2015 | 2712 Views

Strict laws to govern Zimbabwe pastors crafted - The Evangelical Fello...

by Staff Reporter | 26 April 2015 | 2372 Views

Tsvangirai to remove Mugabe from power by year end 2015 - MDC-T presid...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 3929 Views

Ziyavulwa intuba zeTrade Fair ngolwesibili - IMIGWAQO yedolobheni lako...

by Mthokozisi Dube | 26 April 2015 | 785 Views

Zim anti-poaching activist disappears in Zambia while feeling Zimbabwe...

by Staff Reporter | 26 April 2015 | 1831 Views

War collaborators hopeless about compensation - WAR COLLABORATORS in M...

by Stephen Jackson | 26 April 2015 | 1290 Views

'My wife, children want me dead' - AN Umguza man last week claimed in ...

by Dumani Moyo | 26 April 2015 | 2164 Views

Man accuses wife of prostitution - A BULAWAYO man allegedly accused hi...

by Dumani Moyo | 26 April 2015 | 2031 Views

ZPP accuse Zanu PF of political rights violations - The Zimbabwe Peace...

by Stephen Jakes | 26 April 2015 | 1173 Views

Kombi-pirate taxi war looming - A TAXI war is looming in Bulawayo amid...

by Vusumuzi Dube | 26 April 2015 | 1728 Views

Government to dissolve local authorities accused of corruption - Gover...

by Staff Reporter | 26 April 2015 | 1262 Views

Mphoko launches Zanu-PF campaign in Bulawayo - VICE-PRESIDENT Phelekez...

by Vusumuzi Dube | 26 April 2015 | 1188 Views

Foreign diplomats trapped in elevator after a Zesa blackout - Presiden...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 1867 Views

Entertainment

Emily Kachote crowned Miss World Zimbabwe 2015 - Beautiful, Emily Tata...

by Staff reporter | 26 April 2015 | 2362 Views

Cassper Nyovest's show not for free - SOUTH African, rapper Cassper Ny...

by Tafadzwa Zimoyo | 23 April 2015 | 3113 Views

Charambas cancel SA tour due to xenophobia - Celebrated gospel artiste...

by Staff reporter | 23 April 2015 | 2283 Views

DJ Sbu's MoFaya hits Bulawayo - Controversial South African TV and ra...

by Staff reporter | 21 April 2015 | 6671 Views

'Miss World racist,' says Chiwenga - Zimbabwe's representatives at wor...

by Melissa Mpofu | 20 April 2015 | 3861 Views

Zimbabwe music star conducts music workshops in Malawi

by Stephen Jakes | 19 April 2015 | 3003 Views

Freddy Gwala eager to speak Shona

by Thobekile Zhou | 19 April 2015 | 5538 Views
iBlog

Is Pregnancy Putting Your Sexual Life On Pause?

it is often believed that once you become pregnant there is no way that you can have sexual intercourse until that baby is born, which results in placing a strong hold on different couples sex lives. in this article we are going to focus on how yo... Read More
adoniadennis 08 December 2014 ago

Four In 10 Americans Face Regular Online Fraud Attacks

Microsoft offers four primary tips to help protect users from identity theft:• be selfish and defensive with personal information by not sharing sensitive details in emails, and instant and text messages• create, use and keep secret so-called “... Read More
SecNews 24 October 2014 ago