Chitungwiza blast: $40 000 vanishes

HARARE - The Chitungwiza “house of death” mystery continues to deepen amid reports that $40 000 cash was stashed in the house.

This comes as sources close to the late traditional healer said he used to keep large sums of money at his home.

Police sources also told the Daily News that a soldier and an ex-police officer are the two unidentified persons who died along with Speakmore Mandere, the traditional healer and an infant.

Although police officers were still tight-lipped yesterday, funeral proceedings for the late officer identified as Shamuyashe formerly with Criminal Investigations Department (CID), were underway at his Zengeza home in Chitungwiza.

“There is money here, this guy dealt with rich people and he had money. As far as I know, he had kept over $40 000 in his house which he got from various clients including senior politicians in the community,” said our source.

The powerful blast, whose source is yet to be officially established, damaged four houses and left 34 people homeless.

Top security personnel have been roped in to unravel the cause of the mysterious blast.

Officers from CID Law and Order section and forensic experts assisted by army bomb disposal unit were still searching for clues from evidence collected.

The body of the late cop is expected to be buried in Masvingo, his rural home.

Senior police officers who spoke with the Daily News said the involvement of a soldier and a policeman could possibly give credence to the theory that a bomb caused the blast.

Felix Muchemwa, a retired brigadier general, has already concluded that the blast was caused by a bomb.

“There is no mysticism involved. All the signs point to an incendiary bomb,” he said this week.

Police spokespersons yesterday ducked at questions on the matter.

Harare police spokesperson Tadious Chibanda referred the Daily News to CID headquarters saying he had not received any briefing from investigators.

Officers from CID head office referred this paper to police spokesman Oliver Mandipaka whose phone went unanswered.

After the horror blast which left Chitungwiza residents in shock allegations of black magic were rife with residents disputing the presence of a bomb in the explosion.

Residents in the raucous suburb of Zengeza in Chitungwiza now live in fear following the deadly explosion.

A visit to Ndororo Street, the scene of the ghastly blast, showed that residents there are still in fear, unsure of their safety following the incident.

Residents who spoke to the Daily News said effects of the explosion will affect them for the rest of their lifetimes. - Staff Writer

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