Villagers from Zvinei village under Chief Nembudziya were left shocked after the body of a baby was found outside a grave on Saturday last week, barely a few days after the child was buried.
What was most shocking was that a similar incident happened in Madzivazvido Village under Chief Nembudziya.
Senzeni Mzimba who is the baby’s aunt said the family was shocked about the incident.
“As a family we are still shocked by this whole incident. It is very shocking that a person has the audacity to exhume the remains of a baby. We are still trying to find out who did that and their intentions,” she said.
Mzimba said the one-year-old Maita Panze died mysteriously.
“In the morning when we woke up she was very well but she started coughing around 5pm and an hour later, she took her last breath. We buried her on the following day as there is no mortuary close by. As per our tradition, we buried her in our garden.
“So every morning, we would go as family to the grave to sweep and check if anyone has tampered with the grave. On the third day, we were shocked to discover that the grave had been dug and her lifeless body was lying outside the grave, while her coffin was left inside. While we were still trying to come to terms with her mysterious death, the unthinkable happened,” she said.
Mzimba said the family immediately consulted a tradition healer who performed a ritual before reburying the body.
“We phoned a traditional healer from the village who performed a ritual. After the ritual we then reburied the body and the healer is helping us to make sure that the incidents never happen again,” she said.
Chief Nembudziya confirmed the incident saying the whole village was still shocked.