Mysterious fires confuse Murewa

HARARE - About 14 thatched houses have been mysteriously burnt in 10 days, in a case that has shocked villagers of Chiyangwa village in Murewa.

The mysterious fires have shaken the village so much that they have now formulated patrol groups to try and get to the bottom of what or who could be responsible for the infernos.

Police have also been deployed to the area and have taken camp in the village investigating the issue.

Marondera district administrator (DA), Maxwell Mabhuro said the police had been camped in the area for about a week but they have not yet established the force behind the fires or the motive.

“They arrested a suspect, son of the village head (Denhayi) and kept him in their custody overnight, but that night two more houses were burnt,” he said.

The fires started on March 25, according to the DA.

“People in the area spent many nights man-hunting Denhayi, because he had been missing from his homestead.”

Though the chief of the area Chief Mangwende could not comment on the issue saying he had not visited the area, he however, confirmed he heard that there had been mysterious fires in the area.

According to the DA, Hurungwe Mountain which is one of the big mountains close to the village is sacred.
Murewa assistant DA Phyllis Banhwa said her office was compiling names of the victims so that they could get assistance for the families.

“Once we compile the names, more victims come up. One of the victims is an old grandmother; and we also have another who was severely ill.

“These people have lost especially their clothes and food in the fires. The fires are targeting different families and so we have not established the link between the fires and the victims,” Banhwa said. - Bridget Mananavire

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