Breaking News

Chitungwiza blast could have been caused by anti-tank landmine

by Staff Reporter
25 January 2013 | 4297 Views
AN anti-tank landmine is believed to have caused the Chitungwiza blast that killed five people on Monday.




Sources close to the investigations revealed that the "the nature of the damage was consistent with a landmine".

Burial papers for the victims indicated "suspected bomb" as the cause of the death.

However, police spokesperson Asst Comm Charity Charamba said investigations were continuing.

"We are still investigating. We cannot confirm it was a landmine as of now. We want to exhaust all leads," she said.

She said no arrests had been made yet.

Landmines do not end with the personal, physical, or even mental trauma of an individual. They inflict societal trauma, through infrastructure and economic  damage.

Sources close to investigations believe the other two dead were a soldier and a police detective.
The two are believed to have brought the deadly weapon to Sekuru Shumba - Speakmore Mandere - the traditional healer who also perished in the blast.

It is believed they wanted to extract red mercury, which has an attractive market in Johannesburg.
According to online sources, red mercury is a 19th-century term for protiodide or iodide of mercury.
It was commonly recommended for use as an anti-syphilitic as late as 1913.

Today, it is used in some countries for skin lightening, causing some cases of nephritic syndrome. Red mercuric iodide is a poisonous, scarlet-red, odourless, tasteless powder that is insoluble in water.

According to some world media reports red mercury sells for as high as US$1,8 million per kilogramme.

Remains of the five victims of the explosion were collected for burial yesterday.

First to collect the remains were the Mandere family from Centenary, followed by the Chimina family whose daughter, seven-month-old Kelly, also died. She was buried yesterday at the Unit L cemetery.
The remains of commuter omnibus operator Clever Kamudzeya were expected to be collected late afternoon.

Burial is scheduled for today in Chihota.

Relatives of one of the victims, Aleck Shamu, were also making arrangements to collect his body while the remains of the fifth victim were still to be identified.

He would be buried in Masvingo.

A member of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association, Mr Lovemore Muparadzi, said the blast was most likely the result of a failed attempt to address problems associated with an enrichment medicine (muti) processed using a rare animal called sandawana, which looks like a mouse.

"That explosion was not caused by lightning or goblins. It most likely happened because of a sandawana," he said.

He said the practice was very dangerous such that it was not recommended to be done in a house.
He said the practice is usually discharged in the bush.

Zinatha spokesman George Kandiyero concurred with Muparadzi.

"Buying such muti can be dangerous because people tend not to get the full manual on how it is used. And if you do not get full details, it can backfire," he said.

Chitungwiza

Source: TH

Comments

Latest News

We don't exploit our customers - NetOne boss - NetOne acting chief exe...

by Staff Reporter | 30 April 2016 | 574 Views

Minister chides councillors for demanding vehicles - Minister of Rural...

by Staff Reporter | 30 April 2016 | 609 Views

More mega deals with Russia coming - RUSSIA'S Minister of Industry and...

by Staff Reporter | 30 April 2016 | 553 Views

Investors won't easily come to Zimbabwe, SA envoy says - Newly appoint...

by Staff Reporter | 30 April 2016 | 962 Views

Watch: Davido caught on camera beating up his 'fan' in London

by Staff Reporter | 29 April 2016 | 1875 Views

Zimbabwe can fight back sanctions- Togo president - Visiting Togolese ...

by Thobekile Zhou | 29 April 2016 | 1118 Views

Welshman Ncube mocks 'ideological bankrupt' Zanu-PF

by Thobekile Zhou | 29 April 2016 | 2392 Views

Comedian Ofishal-Xavier to perform at Zim Achievers

by Tidi Kwidini | 29 April 2016 | 886 Views

Togolese President urges Zimbabweans to remain resilient - Togolese Pr...

by Staf Reporter | 29 April 2016 | 1205 Views

How does Mugabe's murder of 30 000 'embody African fighting spirit'

by Wilbert Mukori | 29 April 2016 | 2694 Views

ZITF official opening - Updates

by Staff Reporter | 29 April 2016 | 1649 Views

Ex-senator refuses to be expelled from MDC-T - Former MDC Mzilikazi se...

by Staff reporter | 29 April 2016 | 2015 Views

National Pledge: Respect the Right and Freedom of the Child Minister -...

by Mkhululi Zulu | 29 April 2016 | 1129 Views

White farmer loses farm to Mugabe aide - White farmer David Connolly, ...

by Staff reporter | 29 April 2016 | 1975 Views

National pledge forced adoption should be rejected, people must go to ...

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo | 29 April 2016 | 1024 Views

People's Democratic Party (PDP) International Labour Day 2016 Statemen...

by Gorden Moyo PDP Secretary General | 29 April 2016 | 718 Views

The National School Pledge: A National Philosophy - The recent introdu...

by Sparkleford Masiyambiri | 29 April 2016 | 1000 Views

There's a lot to celebrate on Workers' Day - Whenever the country move...

by Gwinyai Mutongi | 29 April 2016 | 772 Views

Grace Mugabe warns Chivayo - PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and his wife Grac...

by Staff reporter | 29 April 2016 | 5239 Views

Zanu-PF purges backfire - THE chaotic votes-of-no-confidence used to o...

by Staff reporter | 29 April 2016 | 2719 Views

Fikilie Mbalula allegedly posts private part of woman on social media!...

by Staff Reporter | 29 April 2016 | 3164 Views

Prophet features in 'Blood Money' - POPULAR Dangamvura-based prophet, ...

by Liberty Dube | 29 April 2016 | 3308 Views

Evil HIV+ man on the run…deliberately infected Mutare women - A Muta...

by Cletus Mushanawani | 29 April 2016 | 3277 Views

Soldier sucked in night club murder

by Samuel Kadungure | 29 April 2016 | 3032 Views

Soldiers bash cops at club

by Collette Mukome | 29 April 2016 | 3579 Views

Female drunkard stabs buddy with broken bottle

by Tendai Gukutikwa | 29 April 2016 | 2235 Views

Late father exposes daughter's rape

by Abel Zhakata | 29 April 2016 | 4520 Views

Man beds minor, fined $200

by Collette Mukome | 29 April 2016 | 2284 Views

Retrenched man offers $10 maintenance

by Blessing Rwizi | 29 April 2016 | 1344 Views

Entertainment

Busi Mhlanga flies Zimbabwe flag high in foreign lands

by Mafu Sithabile | 29 April 2016 | 4440 Views

Bev, Zoey unite - Pole dancers Zoey Noleen Sifelani and Beverly Siband...

by Staff reporter | 28 April 2016 | 1881 Views

Peter Moyo dumps fans, opts to sing at Magaya's church

by Staff Reporter | 28 April 2016 | 3153 Views

I belong to Africa, says Dorothy Masuka - DESPITE being a darling of m...

by Bruce Ndlovu | 28 April 2016 | 1950 Views

Hip-hop artistes salute Mugabe's son - Budding hip-hop artistes Panash...

by Staff reporter | 28 April 2016 | 2098 Views

Popular comedian Madlela releases 'comic' music album

by Divine Dube | 27 April 2016 | 2624 Views

Tau bounces back to Generations - Generations: The Legacy lead actor R...

by Staff reporter | 27 April 2016 | 3753 Views
iBlog

Five Reliable Outlook Pst File Repair Tools

Outlook pst files can become corrupted -- and when that happens, work grinds to a halt. if your organization relies on outlook, one of these tools could save the day. outlook is the industry standard groupware tool. let's take a look at five that can... Read More
ITnews 04 May 2015 ago

Greatsoftline For All Of Your Software Needs

coupon and promo codes: greatsoftline for all of your software needswhile some online sellers have promotional services that reduce the overall amount you spent, others do not .you need to be on the lookout for the best outlets in order to chase th... Read More
ITnews 25 February 2015 ago