Horror As Missing Bikita Child Is Found Murdered In Septic Tank
In a chilling development, a child who went missing in Bikita has been discovered murdered and dumped in a septic tank.
6-year-old Mitchel Musharu went missing last Saturday. She was last seen playing outside her parents’ shop at Nyika Growth Point in Bikita district, Masvingo province.
After failing to find her, Mitchel’s parents launched a frantic search for her and even offered a reward of US$1 000 for any information that would help in finding their daughter.
They also highlighted their plight on social media, where they appealed for help in finding Mitchel. Last November, baby Tamiranashe Chadwick who was stolen at Montagu Shopping Centre in the capital was located in Morembedzi, Zvimba after a concerted social media awareness campaign.
Writing on popular social network Facebook, Tafadzwa Machuma wrote,
In search of our lovely daughter Mitchel Musharu aged 6. She was playing outside her parent’s shop at nyika growth point and was not seen from around 4 pm in the evening since 17/04/21. If you do have any information please contact any nearest police station or any of the numbers below. Thank you. Help us spread the word.
The post was also shared on other social media platforms. Author and motivational speaker Charles Mungoshi Junior, who is a relative of Mitchel, also appealed for people on Twitter to help find Mitchel by retweeting the post.
Hello people please help me find kamainini kangu by retweeting this till someone who knows someone who has clue comes across this flyer. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Kq41BoZV1s
— Charles Mungoshi Jr 🇿🇼🇿🇼 (@charlesmungoshi) April 19, 2021
Unfortunately, despite all the best efforts, Mitchel was found dead. According to the family, her body was discovered in a septic tank behind her parents’ shop. The family also said that the body had been tied in a sack before being thrown into the septic tank.
The heartbreaking news was shared by Charles Mungoshi Junior on Thursday night. Mungoshi shared the update from the family which reads,
REST IN PEACE MITCHEL
It is with a heavy heart that our search for Mitchel Musharu aged 6 has come to a heartbreaking end. She was found tied in a sack and the sack thrown in a septic tank behind her parent’s shop. We thank you all for the effort and support you gave in the search.
Thank you all for your retweets!
— Charles Mungoshi Jr 🇿🇼🇿🇼 (@charlesmungoshi) April 22, 2021
At the time of publishing, iHarare was still trying to establish the circumstances leading up to the death of the minor.
It is not yet clear how or when she was killed. However, of late Zimbabwe has been plagued by a series of horrific and publicised murders of young children mainly for ritual purposes.
One of the most prominent cases is the murder of 7-year-old Tapiwa Makore of Murewa, who was murdered on the instructions of his uncles Tapiwa Makore (senior) and Thanks Makore.
In another case, two men from Mwenezi were arrested after they brutally murdered a 6-year-old girl, and cut off her private parts intending to sell them in South Africa for ritual purposes. One of the alleged murderers is the older brother of the victim’s father.
Just last week, two 7-year-old cousins who were in Grade One in Nyanga were brutally murdered when they were coming home from school. The bodies of the two minors were found dumped in a disused pit latrine toilet.
Two men have since been arrested for the horrific murders.
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