Ritual murder victims buried


HARARE – Two people who were gruesomely murdered in Chinamhora communal lands in suspected cases of ritual murder were buried yesterday afternoon in Parirewa Village.

Cephas Muchenje and Clemence Parirewa Jonas met their deaths through brutal attacks last Saturday night.
A mass church service for the deceased was held at Parirewa Roman Catholic Church prior to their burial in the same village.

Father Richard Tsanangurai Majuta led the mourners, preaching on the Bible story of Abel and Cain in which the latter murdered his brother, Abel.

“We are saddened by the deaths of the two people who were brutally murdered. In the Bible, we know God does not want people to kill one another and we learn a lot from the story of Cain and Abel being the first murder story in the Bible,” said Majuta.

A sombre mood engulfed the community, with friends and relatives of the two at the church service wailing in grief. Parirewa’s wife collapsed during body viewing after the church service.

Muchenje and Parirewa were murdered at Showground’s Chirodzero Business Centre, while four others were viciously assaulted at Mverechena Business Centre.

Parirewa, who was found dead at a bush near his home on Saturday with a deep wound on his head sustained from the brutal attack.

Muchenje died on Monday morning. He had his eyes gouged out while Paddington Muchakata is in the intensive care unit struggling with his left eye that was also removed.

The deceased are all from Parirewa Village.

These brutal incidents happened between 9pm and 1am last Saturday night.

The four survivors are receiving treatment at Parirenyatwa Hospital.

Six male suspects are in police custody over the murders.

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