Tragically, a mother watched her daughter age 11 years drown in a river. The incident occurred in Binga while the two were swimming in the Mbiliz River. The Mbiliz River is a tributary of the Zambezi River full of crocodiles.
The 46-year-old Anna Mudenda of Mpali village under Chief Pashu was walking home from a neighboring village in the company of her daughter Iresh. Due to the sweltering heat, Mudenda and her daughter decided to take a bath to cool off in the nearby river.
Unfortunately, Iresh and fell into the river. Her mother tried to rescue her but it was all in vain. Mudenda then sought assistance from, Tinerty Munkombwe, a villager who was watering his garden nearby. Unfortunately, by the time Munkombwe was able to reach Iresh, she had already drowned. He managed to retrieve the body, and the two later reported the matter to the police base at Tinde Business Centre.
Part of the police report describing the incident reads,
“On the 27th of September at 2 pm, the deceased Iresh Akale Mudenda, aged 11 and Anna Mudenda were going home from neighbouring Kamalumbu village.
“When they reached Mlibizi River, they decided to wash their clothes and take a bath. While bathing, Iresh slipped and drowned. Mudenda tried to rescue her but failed,”
Hwange magistrate Rangarirai Gakanje waived postmortem as no foul play was suspected.