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Zaka woman plants rapoko on grave

                                              Headman Nyamutaki


….caught watering the
plants at night

Brighton
Chiseva

ZAKA
A
woman from Munyaradzi village under Headman Nyamutaki under Chief Bota recently
shocked the community after she was caught by a family member in the night
watering rapoko planted around a grave.
Pellagia Makocha, a
single mother of two, is alleged to have planted the crop around the grave of
his late brother Jacob Makocha who was murdered in South Africa back in 2016.
Headman Nyamutaki, born
Marxell Chaminuka, confirmed the incident and said his council tried to force her
to uproot the plants but she refused and they sought police intervention.
“I received the report from
the village head who had failed to persuade her to uproot the plants. My
council decided that she be accompanied to the grave to remove the plants but
she still refused. She also ignored pleas from her own family members saying
there was nothing wrong in planting flowers in the graveyard so we engaged the
police,” said Headman Nyamutaki
He said the woman told
the police her strange act was meant to provoke the spirit of her dead brother
to fight his killers.
Other sources said the family
member had earlier saw a nail wrapped with red knitting wool plugged onto a
Marula tree near Makocha’s homestead where she lives with his father.
“A family member saw a
nail with red cloth and wool on a tree near the homestead and reported the matter
to the village head who is also a member of the family. He was told to make a
formal report but before he could do it, he saw something worse happening in
the graveyard.

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