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03/12/2011 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
I drilled the hole ... Nhungapula Chipia

A BIZZARE demand by a Chitungwiza man who died two weeks ago that his coffin be taken out of his house through a hole drilled into the bedroom wall has become the talk of this feverish town.

73-year-old Marowa Zhuwawo, who was of Mozambican descent and a known gambler, is said to have left specific instructions regarding his funeral and his family duly complied.

A builder was commissioned to drill the hole through which Zhuwawo’s coffin was slowly pushed outside in front of scores of stunned mourners.

“I just drilled the wall for free because he was a close friend of mine. We then sealed it immediately after the coffin was taken outside,” Nhungapula Chipila told The Sunday Mail.

A local resident added: “Relatives had to pass the coffin through the wall while other mourners received it outside.”

Neighbours claimed Zhuwawo’s gambling exploits were aided by charms which however, come with certain conditions that must be strictly adhered to failing which misfortune and harm could befall the family.

His widow refused to comment on the incident only saying: “He was a foreigner. I would not, therefore, know what he was up to in certain instances.”

But neighbour explained: “(Zhuwawo) died after suffering a stroke about three weeks ago. During his days, he told relatives and close friends that when he died he did not want his body to lie in state at the home or to pass through the same door that his family uses.

“He said these orders should be followed or there was likely to be a series of deaths in the family. So, an opening was drilled in the bedroom wall.”

Zimbabwe Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Association president, Friday Chisanyu said various reasons could explain Zhuwawo’s bizarre demand.

“The major reason why people do this is when they used charms in worship of their ancestral fathers to enrich themselves. This comes with conditions,” Chisanyu said in an interview with The Sunday Mail.

“One precondition is that when such a person dies, they are not supposed to pass through the door, otherwise the family will suffer.

“However, other circumstances could be that one might be a namesake of an ancestor whose coffin was treated in the same manner.

“Another person could also do it just because they saw it done elsewhere.”


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