The community in Zengeza, Chitungwiza early on Thursday was left distressed and puzzled when a mother snapped and beat her son to death for what she alleged as chronic misdemeanor and pilfering habit.
The boy, named locally as Blessing Kapuya (pictured above) was a Grade 4 at Zengeza7 Primary School and residing in Mbakumba Road Zengeza 1 was beaten amidst pleas for help from his aunt (mainini) who is thought have been recording the boy’s ordeal.
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It is believed the boy was repeatedly struck with the heel of a shoe until he passed out, after which the mother panicked and summoned for a pastor of her local church to come pray for and revive him.
When police where called, they confirmed the child deceased and arraigned the mother to the Police Station while the body was taken to the local mortuary where it awaits postmortem.
United Kingdom philanthropist, mother and community leader Flossy Jemwa Kandodo lamented the lack of counselling, support and help for women abused and suffering depression caused by past abuse;
“This woman exerts clear evidence of having gone through abuse from conception perhaps of the child which went uncounseled. The effects of the abuse manifested through the behaviour of the child and her gradual failure to deal with the pressure. Now the world only see her for a murderer, yet she is equally a victim”, said Mrs. Kandodo.
The development has opened heated debate and exchanges on social media networks within the Zimbabwean community and beyond.