PEACE and tranquillity have since returned to Chinamhora community in Domboshava, which was recently hogged by a series of murders that disrupted the locals’ economic and social life.
REPORT BY BY WELLINGTON ZIMBOWA
Christopher Chidziva, who is reigning Chief Chinamhora, attributed the return of peace to efforts by the church in the community.
Addressing thousands of the African Apostolic Church congregants at Domboshava Showgrounds last week, Chief Chinamhora said they had to seek divine intervention following a spate of murders in his area.
“As you know, in the previous months the Chinamhora community was befallen by a spate of murders that saw fear gripping the area,” said Chief Chinamhora.
“At the height of the killings, I phoned ‘Mudzidzisi’ [Paul Mwazha] requesting him to come and pray over the issue but he assured me he would come at a later time but would pray from where he was. I am glad today we have regained our peace and everything has returned to normalcy.”
The African Apostolic Church is led by Archbishop Mwazha.
Last week’s church gathering was attended by worshippers from Harare, Chitungwiza and surrounding areas who heeded a call by the local leadership to converge for prayers over the gruesome murder incidences in Domboshava.
Over 300 people, most of them locals, attended the church service.
One headman Murapi also thanked the church for ensuring that peace and harmony returned to the area.
“We have been engaging Christians from different denominations and a few weeks ago we held prayer sessions with leaders from local churches and we are really grateful for the support given during the difficult period,” he said.
Six men were in September murdered in Domboshava, five of them using the same method, raising suspicions that a gang of dangerous criminals was on the prowl.
The five, four of them murdered as they left Showgrounds business centre, were believed to have been hit with blunt objects on their heads while their bodies had bruises.
As panic gripped the area, social and economic activities were disrupted as nightclubs and shops closed early for fear of the murderers.
This led the police to beef up security in the area and intensify night patrols.
Blessing Kunaka and Joshua Chibonda have since appeared before a Harare magistrate facing three charges of murder, one of attempted murder and two of armed robbery.
An alleged accomplice, Dirayi Chibhobhoribho was said to be on the run.