Teen maid tries to poison employer’s drink after being denied time off
A shocking incident involving a housemaid and her employer has come to light in Harare, Zimbabwe. Eighteen-year-old Nyaradzo Gosha was arrested for allegedly attempting to poison her employer, Konai Muzhangiri, after being denied time off. The incident occurred on April 28, 2023, and Gosha was detained under DB 1028/23, while the Mazoe 2-litre drink was booked in the exhibit book number 30/23.
Details of the incident
According to a leaked internal police memo seen by ZimLive, the incident occurred when Muzhangiri asked her five-year-old daughter to prepare a drink for her.
The daughter filled a glass with undiluted Mazoe Orange Crush. When Muzhangiri sensed a poisonous smell from the drink, she asked Gosha about it, who then confessed to adding rat poison, baking yeast, Jungle oats, and Fenugreek seeds into the 2-liter Mazoe drink.
Gosha reportedly did this in order to get rid of Muzhangiri since the latter had refused to give her time off before the arrival of her sister, who was coming to collect her.
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Part of a police memo quoted by Zimlive reads,
“Complainant sensed a poisonous smell from the Mazoe drink.
“She asked the accused person where the smell was coming from and the accused confessed that she had added rat poison, baking yeast, Jungle oats, and Fenugreek seeds into the 2 litre Mazoe drink,” read the official.
“The accused person told the complainant that she had done this in order to get rid of her since she was refusing to give her a chance to go out before the arrival of her sister who was coming to collect her.”
In a surprising development, the wife of a police officer at Glen Norah station has been named as an accomplice in the case.
The internal police memo shows that the officer in charge of Glen Norah police station tried to play down the matter, but it was eventually transferred to the CID Homicide department. It has emerged that the officer is married to a close relative of Gosha.
The investigations are ongoing, and Gosha is still in police custody.
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of being cautious when hiring house helpers and the need for proper vetting and supervision.