In a rather alarming development, a 5-year-old child has gone missing in Bikita, just a few days after another missing child was found dead in a septic tank.
In the latest case, the minor who has been identified as Nokutenda Chirandu went missing after she went to school and never came back home.
According to Nokutenda’s mother, Faith Kurungedye, Nokutenda was last seen on April 26 in the afternoon at Hozvi Primary School in Bikita.
Speaking to TellZim News, Kurungedye said,
“She went to school and it was her first-day attending school. After school, her cousin sister who’s in ECD B looked for her but didn’t find her. She later came back home and alerted me that she had not found her sister at school,”
Nokutenda is yet to be found, although a police report has been filed.
This case comes just days after 6-year-old Mitchel Musharu was discovered murdered and dumped in a septic tank. Mitchel was last seen playing outside her parents’ shop at Nyika Growth Point in Bikita.
When her parents failed to locate her, they launched a frantic search and even offered a reward of US$1 000, for any information that would help in finding their daughter. However, her lifeless body was discovered less than a week later in a septic tank that belonged to one of her parents’ neighbours.
A postmortem revealed that Mitchel had suffered broken bones and ribs and had head injuries. The cause of death was established as asphyxiation due to strangling.
Nokutenda’s case is eerily similar to that of two Grade 1 pupils who went missing in Nyanga last month. Cousins Dilan and Melissa Benza of Sambaza Village, in Nyanga, went missing after they went to school, about 4 kilometres away from their home.
To the horror of everyone, the bodies of the two minors were discovered the next day in a disused pit latrine toilet about 2km from the school.