In a sad incident, three brothers from Matanhura village in Mbire district drowned and died after their canoe sank in Musengezi River on Sunday afternoon.
The trio, Sikhumbuzo Mhlanga (19), Tanatswa Kazingizi (10) and Andrew Zawada (7) drowned while they were coming from church. The incident was confirmed by Mbire legislator Douglas Karoro (Zanu PF). He said:
I can confirm a case of drowning in my constituency, where brothers drowned along Musengezi River on Sunday and were buried on Monday.
The burial ceremony was punctuated by high emotions and a sombre atmosphere. Everyone was asking why death would rob the lives of innocent children coming from church.
A witness who declined to be named told Newsday that the trio did not notice a hole in the canoe, which allowed water to get in. Said the witness:
The children did not notice that the canoe they were travelling in had a hole, hence water got into the canoe until it was weighed down, leading to its sinking. They tried to swim, but they got tired and gave up.
In another sad incident in the same district, a 17-year-old girl from Ndaro village, ward 5 under Chief Matsiwo took her own life after his father berated her for her alleged lasciviousness.
Sharon Kaamurandu’s body was discovered hanging on a tree by a passer-by who alerted the community.