The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says it has commenced investigations into the death of Memory Machaya, a 14-year-old girl who died while giving birth at an apostolic church shrine in Marange, Manicaland Province recently.
In a statement, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said more information will be released soon. He said:
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has taken note of print and social media reports and inquiries on the alleged death of Memory Machaya (14) at a church shrine in Marange recently.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is now conducting investigations into the case. More information will be released soon.
Memory reportedly died around 9 AM on 15 July and was secretly buried two hours later.
She had been forced out of school while doing Form One in Mhondoro to get married to Evans Momberume.
Reports claim that her family, the Machayas, who are polygamous, are planning to offer their nine-year-old daughter to their in-laws as Memory’s replacement (chigadzamapfihwa).