It must be noted the late Tapiwa’s father, Munyaradzi Makore, is the MDC Alliance branch chairperson in Murewa North.Therefore Mdc Alliance Vice President Tendai Biti graced the burial of the late as hordes of both Zanu PF and the biggest political outfit in the country MDC Alliance supporters Saturday walked kilometres to attend the burial of the late Tapiwa Makore (7) at Makore Village in Nyamutumbu, Murewa.
Also in attendance were senior government and Zanu PF officials who included Mashonaland East Minister Apollonia Munzverengwi, Housing Minister Daniel Garwe, Murewa Senator, David Parirenyatwa and Zanu PF Politburo member including, Philip Sewera, William Zemura and Chief Mangwende.
However, the Makore family declined a state assisted funeral for Tapiwa accusing the police for not carrying out thorough investigations to locate the deceased’s head.He was buried without the head at a sombre and highly emotional burial ceremony.This is after the ruling Zanu PF Government failed to act with impunity in helping the family through the justice delivery system and yet decided to turn up only at the burial with representatives which smirks of raising eyebrows.
“I want to thank all people who are gathered here today (Saturday) from various political parties who came in their numbers wearing party regalia to mourn the late Tapiwa,” Parirenyatwa told mourners amid around applause from Zanu PF supporters.
“We have not witnessed any violence since Friday when mourners started gathering here. This is what we want to see every day. As you leave this place, let us maintain that peace, love and unity among Zimbabweans particularly the people of Nyamutumbu community who have shown the whole country that we can co-exist despite our political difference.”“Tapiwa’s death will not go in vain as he has managed to unite political foes for a good cause.”
“Tapiwa’s death will not go in vain as he has managed to unite political foes for a good cause.”
Parirenyatwa told mourners President Emmerson Mnangagwa was shocked by the ritual murder of Tapiwa.Two suspects, Tafadzwa Shamba and the deceased’s uncle, 57-year-old Tapiwa Makore (senior), have since been arrested in connection with the suspected ritual murder.He died in September last year when he went missing after being assigned by his mother to guard the family’s vegetable garden.
It is to this end that the family has resolved to have an independent DNA test for the skull, which was not buried with the other remains yesterday. Mrs Beaulah Musupayi, the family spokesperson, said they were looking at raising the US$4 200 needed for “If our independent tests confirm that the head is, indeed, Tapiwa’s, then we will proceed burying it with the other remains,” she said.
The weekend’s sombre and highly emotional burial ceremony, which was attended by thousands of mourners, some who walked as much as 10 kilometres to Makore Village, was a culmination of months of mourning.When news of the murder broke, Chief Mangwende, under which the village falls, initially said it was taboo in his area for a torso to be buried without a head, which dragged the burial rites for some months.
When a concession was finally reached that a burial could proceed all the same, the initial burial ceremony was slated for January 9, only to be postponed as the country entered into the second national lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic.