Woman (70) takes own life after being denied food by daughters-in-law

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By Staff Reporter

Chipinge: A 70-year-old women from Chisumbanje, Chipinge district took her own life after she was reportedly denied food by her two daughters-in-laws.

Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa confirmed the incident.

He identified the now deceased as Fanisa Ndodini Dube from Utoko village under Chief Musikavanhu in Chisumbanje.

According to police, on August 4 around 0600 hours at Mhlanga homestead, Dube and her two daughters-in-law, Nyanyirai Sigauke (33) and Tsverukai Sibanda (36), both residing at the same homestead, had a misunderstanding over food.

“Dube had a nasty altercation with Sigauke and Sibanda accusing them of denying her access to food with an intention to starve her.

“The deceased suspected that the two were hiding food in their bedrooms so as to deny her access,” said Insp Kakohwa.

On the fateful day, it is reported that Dube exchanged harsh words with the two.

Unable to stomach the incident, Dube reportedly went into her room and took a cloth which she used to hang herself from a tree branch.

Her body was later discovered by a neighbour identified as Kennias Madhuku (46) who had been looking for thatching grass.

Madhuku informed Sigauke who then made a report at Chisumbanje police.

“As police, we urge people to consult elders or church leaders in their community for mediation whenever they are entangled in a dispute. Taking your life does not solve problems,” said the police spokesperson.