Heartbreaking Double Suicide: Young Couple Ends Lives Over Sadza Pot Dispute[Image Credit: ZimboKitchen]

Marange Community Shaken by Shocking Double Suicide Linked to Sadza Argument

A Tragic Quarrel Over Sadza

In a devastating turn of events, a domestic dispute in Marange Village took a shocking and tragic turn when a simple argument over the preparation of sadza, a staple food in Zimbabwe, led to a heartbreaking double suicide. The incident has left the entire community reeling with disbelief and sorrow.

The Argument that Ended Lives

Peter Mukwada, 29, and Pure Gezana, 21, both employed as domestic workers in Rimai Village, found themselves in a heated disagreement over the usage of a large pot for cooking sadza. Mukwada accused Gezana of wasting precious maize meal and insisted on using a smaller pot. Unable to find a resolution, the argument escalated, and Gezana abruptly left the house, never to return.

Tragedy Unfolds

The heartbreaking discovery came when Gezana’s lifeless body was found hanging from a tree in a nearby bush, at the back of their employer’s homestead. Overwhelmed with grief upon witnessing his wife’s tragic fate, Mukwada made a fateful decision and chose to end his own life.

In confirming the incident, Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Nobert Muzondo, shared the chilling details. He told The Manica Post,

“Mukwada pointed out that Gezana was using a big pot to prepare sadza and was wasting maize-meal. He advised her to use a smaller pot but she stormed out of the kitchen and went to a bushy area where she hung herself using a rope. The bush is 50 metres away from the kitchen hut.

“When Mukwada realised that more than 30 minutes had elapsed before his wife came back, he followed her and discovered her body hanging from a tree branch.

“He called his neighbour, Ozias Kuhudzehwe, who accompanied him to the scene. Mukwada later told Kuhudzehwe that he was feeling cold and wanted to put on a jacket. He went back home.

“When Kuhudzehwe and Village Head Chipindirwe went to the scene, Mukwada had not yet returned. The pair is alleged to have waited for about 30 minutes at the scene before following Mukwada.

“When they could not locate him at his home, they started looking for him. His body was later found hanging from a tree branch, at least 300 metres from where his wife had killed herself.” 

A Devastated Family Left Behind

This tragic incident has left behind two young children, who now face the unimaginable loss of both their parents. The impact of this double suicide reverberates through the Marange community, where friends, neighbors, and loved ones struggle to come to terms with the shocking turn of events.

Plea for Peaceful Resolution and Life’s Sanctity

Inspector Muzondo emphasized the importance of valuing the sanctity of life and reaching out for support in times of emotional distress. He urged the public to seek peaceful resolutions when faced with conflicts and shared resources for assistance. Inspector Muzondo said, “Whenever people have a difference in opinion, we urge them to seek counseling from the police’s Victim Friendly Unit, professional counselors, church leaders, community leaders, or trusted relatives.”