Gokwe Miner murders daughter in business-boosting rituals

Prisca Manyiwa-Masuku

A Gokwe gold miner reportedly murdered his two-year-old daughter and took her heart to his traditional healer to boost his mining business.

Thomas Muzenda of Gokwe under Chief Chireya allegedly murdered his child in cold blood and churked out her heart which he used as a sacrifice for the growth of his mining business.

“Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the alleged murder of a two-year-old girl by her father in a suspected ritual act. The incident occurred during the month of January 2023 in Village 17 Mupukuta under Chief Chireya in Gokwe north,” said ZRP spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko.

Circumstances surrounding the crime are that the suspect, Muzenda and his wife divorced after which he remained with custody of their two children aged seven and two.

He took the 7-year-old boy to his mother and remained with the two-year-old girl.
He is then alleged to have approached a traditional healer only named as Dhumba for rituals to boost his mining business and was told to sacrifice one of his children.

Muzenda, on an unknown date in January 2023 is alleged to have killed his 2 year old daughter, removed her heart and threw the body into a disused mine.
The matter came to light when her daughter’s maternal grandmother went to the suspect’s homestead to enquire about her granddaughter but was not given satisfactory answer.

A report was made to the police and investigations led to the arrest of Muzenda.

However, Dhumba is still at large.

The police have made an appeal to the public to assist them with information that can lead to the arrest of the traditional healer.

“Police are appealing to members of the public with information which may assist in the investigation and apprehension of the suspect, Dhumba to approach any police station,” said Inspector Mahoko.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago Tapiwa Makore senior and Tafadzwa Shamba were struck with a death sentence by the High Court of Zimbabwe after being convicted of murdering Tapiwa Makore junior (6) for rituals to boost Makore’ cabbage business.

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