A household quarrel in Marange Village took a stunning and terrible turn when a simple disagreement over the cooking of sadza, a staple cuisine in Zimbabwe, resulted in a heartbreaking double suicide. The event has left the entire community in shock and sadness.
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Peter Mukwada, 29, and Pure Gezana, 21, both domestic employees in Rimai Village, got into an argument over the use of a huge pot for preparing sadza. Mukwada accused Gezana of squandering valuable maize meal and demanded that a smaller pot be used. Unable to reach an agreement, the fight heated up, and Gezana abruptly fled the house, never to return.
The heartbreaking discovery came when Gezana’s lifeless body was found hanging from a tree in a nearby bush, at the back of their employer’s homestead. Overwhelmed with grief upon witnessing his wife’s tragic fate, Mukwada made a fateful decision and chose to end his own life.
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In confirming the incident, Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Nobert Muzondo, shared the chilling details. He told The Manica Post,
“Mukwada pointed out that Gezana was using a big pot to prepare sadza and was wasting maize-meal. He advised her to use a smaller pot but she stormed out of the kitchen and went to a bushy area where she hung herself using a rope. The bush is 50 metres away from the kitchen hut.
“When Mukwada realised that more than 30 minutes had elapsed before his wife came back, he followed her and discovered her body hanging from a tree branch.
“He called his neighbour, Ozias Kuhudzehwe, who accompanied him to the scene. Mukwada later told Kuhudzehwe that he was feeling cold and wanted to put on a jacket. He went back home.
“When Kuhudzehwe and Village Head Chipindirwe went to the scene, Mukwada had not yet returned. The pair is alleged to have waited for about 30 minutes at the scene before following Mukwada.
“When they could not locate him at his home, they started looking for him. His body was later found hanging from a tree branch, at least 300 metres from where his wife had killed herself.”
This horrific occurrence has left two little children with the unspeakable loss of both parents. The repercussions of this double suicide resonate across the Marange community, where friends, neighbours, and loved ones grapple with the unexpected turn of events.
Inspector Muzondo emphasized the importance of valuing the sanctity of life and reaching out for support in times of emotional distress. He urged the public to seek peaceful resolutions when faced with conflicts and shared resources for assistance. Inspector Muzondo said, “Whenever people have a difference in opinion, we urge them to seek counseling from the police’s Victim Friendly Unit, professional counselors, church leaders, community leaders, or trusted relatives.”