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Two in court for refusing to bury relative over unpaid lobola


By Staff Reporter

TWO relatives of a deceased woman appeared in court Thursday charged with refusing to bury her over unpaid bride price (lobola)!

The woman's corpse still lies at a mortuary, a week after her death.

Prosecutors say the two relatives refused to bury her before their inlaws gave them more than $10 million as part of lobola.

Peter Manjelo, 51, of Montrose and Musa Nyoni, 73, of Lobengula West were not asked to plead to charges of contravening a section of the Burial and Cremation Act.

Bulawayo magistrate Livard Philimon remanded them out of custody on their own cognisance to 17 August.

Alfred Munemo, prosecuting, told the court that on 4 August, Ms Blessing Manjelo died following her husband Lovemore Sibanda’s death earlier on.

Following the death of Ms Manjelo, the two accused persons allegedly demanded $4, 65 million in cash, one blanket, one lady’s dress, one overcoat plus unmentioned quantities of groceries for the payment of lobola for their deceased relative before they could attend the funeral and burial.

The complainants pleaded with the accused persons since 4 August up to date but the accused have vowed not to attend the funeral before they are paid the lobola they are demanding. However, the complainants have not refused to pay the lobola but promised to do so at a later date.
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