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Tapiwa Makore Murder: Bail To Suspect Reopen Family Wounds

28 July 2021

The family of Tapiwa Makore, a seven-year-old Murehwa boy who was murdered for ritual purposes in September last year has said the release on bail of one of the suspects has reopened would in their hearts. Tapiwa's father Munyaradzi Makore told NewsDay on Tuesday that one of the suspects was granted bail and is already back in the village, a move that has stirred emotions and refreshed memories. He said:
The woman, who was arrested alongside Shamba and my brother in connection with my son’s murder, is out on bail. She is here. She was granted $10 000 bail at the High Court. It is hard for the family, our emotions have been stirred again, and memories refreshed. How are we going to live together given the current situation?  We are still pained. We should be apart.
Tapiwa's uncle and namesake, Tapiwa Makore (Snr, 58), his herdboy Tafadzwa Shamba (41), and a neighbour Maud Hunidzarira (42) were arrested last year in connection with the murder. Shamba confessed to having murdered the boy at the instruction of Tapiwa (Snr) claiming that they wanted to use some of the body parts to boost their horticultural project. Hunidzarira, known for brewing traditional opaque beer in the area and a neighbour of the Makores, was arrested in Budiriro after she was spotted washing a blood-stained carpet. The deceased’s father said the family was appalled by the delays by the courts as they seek justice. He said:
The police notified us that the matter will go to court, but we are still waiting. Surely, how can a matter of such magnitude take this long to conclude? We will engage the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights to assist us in our pursuit of justice.
Tapiwa was buried after six months before investigations, which included a number of DNA tests, were concluded. He was buried without some of his body parts, among them the head. More: NewsDay