Mutare – It was a text message from hell: a woman’s estranged husband telling her that he had just killed their children.
The woman, Precious Kadumba had had to leave her three children aged 12, eight and five in the custody of her husband after she fled their home in fear of her life.
‘I sensed danger’
Early last month she sought refuge with relatives in Harare, a five-hour bus ride away from her home in Birchenough Bridge, in Zimbabwe’s eastern Manicaland province. But last Friday, as she travelled home to fetch the children, she got a terrifying sense that something was about to go tragically wrong.
“He (the husband) kept calling, inquiring where exactly we were along the way. I sensed danger because he would phone after short intervals,” Kadumba told the Manica Post, a local state-run weekly.
“He later sent me a message saying he had killed our children,” she told the paper.
When they arrived in Birchenough Bridge, a dusty village on the banks of the Save River, they went straight to the police.
House on fire
“We also phoned neighbours, who rushed to our homestead and discovered that the house was on fire. They managed to rescue the elder boy, but the other two were already dead,” she told the paper at her children’s funeral this week.
The sole survivor, 12-year-old Tanaka, is now recovering in Manicaland’s main public hospital in Mutare, with deep wounds on his head. He’ll have to cope with the trauma of losing his two siblings – 8-year-old Trish and 5-year-old Trinity.
Husband on the run
His father, 42-year-old Fashion Mupakati is now reported to be on the run.
But why would a mother leave her children in the custody of a husband who had only recently been released from serving a 20-month jail term for killing his girlfriend?
“I had no choice because of the way I escaped from him. I had to go right away at that moment and then arrange for the children to join me,” she told the paper.
But that never happened. It’s a tragic omission that Kadumba will have to live with for the rest of her life.
Fraudster arrested after swipping for $390 000 groceries
A fraudster has been arrested after he swiped for groceries worth more than $398 000 at OK Supermarket in Hwange using a bank card that had been tampered with.
The man, Brian Pedzisa of Chitungwiza, was arrested on Thursday and is suspected to be among a gang of people who have been using cloned cards and other bank card related tactics to con various retail shops across the country.
Detectives on Thursday pounced on Pedzisa at the supermarket, moments after he was about to get out after swiping for groceries worth $396 384.
Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda confirmed the incident and said police were now looking for two other people linked to the sca
“On 10 June 2021 a gang of three fraudsters tried to defraud OK Hwange Supermarket of groceries worth $396 384.
One of the fraudsters successfully used an electronic Visa card to make purchases but before he could make off he was arrested by a team of watchful detectives who were working on a tip-off. Upon being interviewed the suspect revealed that he was working with two other accomplices who are still at large,” said Insp Banda.
He said the gang had used the same strategy to defraud OK Mart Victoria Falls of an undisclosed amount in groceries. He appealed to members of the public to assist with information leading to their arrest.
“The two accomplices are on the run anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of these two criminals can report at the nearest police station,” said Insp Banda.
He called on shop owners to enhance security to avoid such incidents which were on the rise in the country.
“As police we would like to implore shop owners to enhance security at their premises through use of alarm systems and Closed Circuit Television. Retailers should examine electronic cards and do necessary verifications before processing of electronic transactions. For the record some fraudsters misrepresent themselves as humanitarian workers.”
According to sources privy to the incident, the gang would approach the supermarkets seeking a quotation for groceries pretending that the transaction wanted would be effected from a nostro account. Later one of the gang members would return to make purchases using a Visa card whose microchip would have been tampered with. Sunday News
BREAKING : Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira dies in SA
Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira who acted as Vimbai Jari in the soap has died.
She was 38 years old.
Her brother Juan Nhira confirmed the news.
“She sustained injuries on her chest area, rib cage and back during a robbery on Monday afternoon in Bedford view South Africa. She was only 38 years of age,” he said.
Juan said her funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. Rest in peace Anne.
Watch: Chivhu mother beheads her four children sets house on fire
Video footage has emerged after a Chivhu mother allegedly beheaded her four children before setting the family house on fire.
Police said on Twitter, “The woman then surrendered herself to the Police.”
National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said he was not in a position to give further details as the case was in it’s infancy.
“Our police officers are still attending the crime scene,” he said.
The incident occurred in Highview suburb in Chivhu which is about 146km from Harare.
The woman’s name and age could not be immediately established.
Meanwhile, videos of the multiple murder scene have surfaced online.
Watch the video below;