Baby drowns in bucket after being left in care of 98-year-old granny

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By Mashonaland East Correspondent

SEKE:  An 11-month old baby left in the care of 98-year-old woman died here recently after she drowned in bucket filled with water, police have confirmed.

Mashonaland East police spokesperson, Inspector Tendai Mwanza said early this month, in Musiiwa Village, Seke, Svivness Tizirai (23), left her unnamed daughter in the custody of Chikoro Chimunya, (98) whilst she went to collect some maize from nearby homestead.

Tizirai was employed by Chimunya as a helper. 

“However, on her return home, Tizirai failed to locate her daughter and after conducting a search, she found the baby immersed in a plastic bucket filled with water,” Mwanza said.

A report was made at Dema police who later took the body to Chitungwiza General Hospital for a post-mortem. 

However, the post-mortem results could not be readily established but the baby has since been buried. 

According to the police, investigations are still underway.

Meanwhile, Mwanza also confirmed the death of an Uzumba man who committed suicide recently by taking poison after his wife had snubbed his suggestion to pay lobola to her parents.

It is understood that the couple had managed to acquire some money and the husband, Whyson Mapuranga (32), wanted to use that money to settle his lobola arrears with his in-laws. 

However, Mapuranga’s wife was against the idea and told her husband that they should instead relocate to Harare where they would build a new house.

“Instead, Mapuranga was unhappy with his wife’s decision and chose to end his life by drinking poison. A suicide note found on him read that he was disappointed with his wife’s decision stopping him from paying lobola but instead for them to use the money to build a house in Harare,” Mwanza said.