The family of the late 7 year old Tapiwa Makore, have pleaded to be allowed to bury him, even when his head is still missing.
In Shona culture, it’s seen as taboo or an abomination to bury a body without the head, but in Tapiwa Makore’s case, any hopes of finding his head are diminishing by the day.
Tapiwa was killed in cold blood, in a ritual murder that shook the whole country.
Just a day after he was murdered, his torso was found by accident, after a neighbor noticed that his dogs were feasting on human flesh.
Unfortunately his head was missing when all the limps were discovered.
During a march against ritual killings in Harare, Munyaradzi Makore spoke to Hmetro and pleaded with authorities to allow them to bury the torso as police continue with investigations.
“As Makore family we would like to take this opportunity to thank Zimbabweans and President Mnangagwa for standing with us in sorrow,”
“It is our wish to find relief and comfort by being allowed to bury part of the body as police continue with their investigations that may lead to locating the other body parts,” said Makore.
It’s been nearly a month since Tapiwa was killed and the family still haven’t been able to bury him, they’re living with the fresh pain of his loss everyday until they bury him.
So far, investigations led to the arrest of cattle herder Tafadzwa Shamba who confessed to the murder of Tapiwa Makore while narrating the gruesome details.
Tapiwa Makore’s uncle was also implicated in the murder and he is said to have held the torch while Shamba decapitated his nephew in cold blood.
The police are now trying to locate the head which was given to a yet to be identified traditional healer.