On November 16, 2015, the late Proud Mupambwa committed suicide at St Mary’s Police cells where he was being kept pending appearance in court for the alleged axing to death of Lloyd Jambawu (30) and Marko Masenda (37).
Before taking his own life, Mupambwa violently injured himself. He was taken to Chitungwiza Central Hospital where he was treated and discharged.
On returning to St Mary’s Police Station, the accused was reportedly shackled in leg irons for his own protection.
Our sister paper The Herald quoted Police National Spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba saying: “The accused has been exhibiting suicidal tendencies and was expressing concern with the extent of family problems which he alleged were being caused by some relatives who dabbled in witchcraft activities. He told other prisoners that he wanted to eat human intestines.”
Thereafter he took his own life.
Mupambwa had bid farewell to his wife and shared their household property among relatives.
Chitungwiza Hospital officials report that upon his death, Mupambwa’s relatives processed a burial order but never came back to collect his corpse.
Hospital operations director Mr Tapiwa Machiridza said Mupambwa’s wife had indicated that his relatives did not want anything to do with him.
“The wife claimed that the deceased’s known relatives refused to bury him because he was a step-child. They also didn’t want to be haunted by the avenging spirits of the people Mupambwa (allegedlly) murdered by burying him.”
It fell upon Doves Funeral Services, through its corporate social responsibility programme, to bury him.
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