Residents of Pfupajena were left shell-shocked after a man drowned in a dam along Mupfure River, and when the body was retrieved, the corpse came out with its hand clutching a dead duck.
Tapiwa Banda died last week when he dived into the dam while trying to retrieve a duck he had killed using a catapult. A local resident, Gift Miti narrated what transpired on the fateful day:
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On the fateful Thursday, Banda was in the company of his wife on their way to Mupfure River for illegal gold panning so they could get cash to buy food.
Upon reaching the dam, he extracted his catapult from a tools bag and shot a duck that was close to the edge.
He stripped off his clothes and handed his wife before he dived into the dam and by the time he grabbed the duck, he started to drown.
When he was in the water, his wife rushed to the farm compound to seek help but those who were first to reach the scene failed to rescue Banda because it appears like his legs were tied on something at the bottom of the dam.
Banda used to swim after shooting his prey but what happened last Friday left the entire farm shell-shocked. How can a corpse have a firm grip on a duck?
Farm dwellers are convinced that familiar spirits, possibly mermaids, could be responsible for the strange happenings at the dam in August of every year.
They claimed that either an animal or person dies mysteriously at this time of the year and the intervention of prophets and traditional medium spirits could end the strange occurrences.