Nyau dancer buried alive
By Sibongile Nyika
MARONDERA-Police in Beatrice have picked up two suspects over the death of a 16-year-old teenager who was allegedly buried alive at a Nyau dance festival in the area recently.
Mashonaland East police spokesman, Inspector Simon Chazovachiyi confirmed the development in a recent interview with Chaminuka.
It is alleged that on May 7 at around 8pm, the now deceased, TafadzwaMudahondo together with his parents went to Munandi Farm in their neighbourhood to attend his grandmother’s memorial service.
Several Nyau dance groups from the surrounding farms were taking turns to perform during the service. Mudahondo was later spotted by his father wearing a Nyau dance outfit and was reprimanded.
“This reportedly led to an altercation between the two and thereafter, the teenager asked the Nyau dancers to dig a pit and bury him alive and witness him miraculously resurrecting,” Inspector Chazovachiyi said.
Mudahondo was then allegedly buried alive in a makeshift grave by the other dancers who had surrounded the grave performing Nyau dances while collecting cash from onlookers as they all waited to see the boy resurrecting.
His father who had been alerted by other villagers about the incident rushed to the scene where he immediately ordered the retrieval of his son who was already unconscious.