The traditional healer implicated in the Mrehwa boy murder that headlined last month took the time to speak to The Sunday Mail and reportedly said it was pure coincidence that he visited the Mrehwa and left just before Tapiwa Makore Snr and Tafadzwa Shamba killed Tapiwa Makore Jnr.
The traditional healer, also named Makore, Tinei Makore who is also known as Marvellous Muchedzi explained that he visited Mrehwa and left on Wednesday 1 day before the infamous murder took place.
Speaking to the publication, the traditional healer denied involvement in the Mrehwa boy murder and said:
I had been away from my village for slightly more than a year. I got a witch-hunting job to do at Chabwino Farm, in the Shamva area and after I was paid, I decided to go home and catch up with my cousins.
I left this farm (Mvurwi area) on Saturday and arrived in Makore village Monday. Since I moved out of the village some three years back and there is no one staying in the home which we used to stay, Tapiwa Senior said I could spend my days in the village staying with him.
On the Monday, we spent time in the village mixing with other folks, trying to catch up. That night I slept at Tapiwa’s home. The following day, I spent almost the whole of it attending to my motorbike which had a puncture.
Tapiwa Senior said he was going to work with other villagers on deepening his well, as the water was no longer enough for his cabbages.
I stopped-over at Kashiri’s place, Fraser Farm, around the Bindura area, on my way here. I slept there Thursday and arrived back on Friday. Then on Saturday morning, I received a call from the person I had visited at Chabwino, asking me if it was true, the news that was coming from Makore village that a child had been found murdered.
That is how I got to know that there had been a murder back in my village. I told him I was back in Mvurwi and had not heard anything. Then the news started circulating on social media and I phoned some relatives back home, only to find out if it was true.
However Tapiwa Makore’s father Munyaradzi Makore doesn’t believe that Tinei Makore is not involved in the issue as he said this to the publication:
For the time being we are working with what Tafadzwa Shamba has indicated and further than that, we are not privileged to comment neither can we assume. Just that the coincidence is too much to stomach for us. We will leave the police to conclude their investigations
Ironically ZRP is yet to interview Tinei because according to Chief Superintendent George Mugonda who is the Officer in Charge at Murehwa Police Station, they couldnt locate him to interview him about Tapiwa Makore’s Murder:
We have been informed by the family that a relative, for long known as a traditional healer, visited the village in the days leading to the disappearance of Tapiwa Junior. We are yet to interview him as we don’t know his whereabouts
The murder of Makore shocked the country as horrific details of how the 7 year old boy died made headlines and attracted President Mnangagwa’s attention.
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