Jilted woman kills self FULL MOON

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A WOMAN from Bu­l­awayo who could not stom­ach be­ing jilted by her hus­band for an­other woman com­mit­ted sui­cide by al­legedly drink­ing a poi­sonous sub­stance.

The cou­ple were gen­eral hands at Fair­bridge Po­lice Sta­tion on the out­skirts of the city.

A source close to the cou­ple said the de­ceased, who was only iden­ti­fied as Mrs Shumba, had dragged her hus­band to court.

She al­legedly con­sumed the pes­ti­cide on Tues­day fol­low­ing an undis­closed court judg­ment that did not go down well with her.

Mrs Shumba died in the early hours of Wed­nes­day at the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals where she had been trans­ferred from the camp clinic.

“She took the pes­ti­cide and in a few min­utes she was writhing in pain. Neigh­bours fer­ried her to the lo­cal camp clinic in a wheel­bar­row. She be­gan hav­ing seizures and froth­ing from the mouth. Nurses im­me­di­ately re­ferred her to UBH for fur­ther treat­ment. She died in the early hours of Wed­nes­day,” said the source. He said the cou­ple had four chil­dren. Act­ing po­lice spokesper­son for Bu­l­awayo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Prov­ince, As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube, said he had not yet re­ceived a re­port on the in­ci­dent.

“I can’t com­ment on the mat­ter as we haven’t re­ceived that re­port yet,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

A neigh­bour who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said Shumba’s mar­riage had been on the rocks. “His wife had ac­tu­ally re­ported him to the courts for main­te­nance of their chil­dren as Shumba was no longer tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for his chil­dren.

“The wife had re­vealed that her hus­band had eloped with his new lover to their mat­ri­mo­nial house in Chivhu. He also took off with a car which the two had bought as a cou­ple,” the neigh­bour said.

She said the last straw for the woman was a court rul­ing that was handed down on Mon­day.

“She had re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice and upon her re­turn from court she wasn’t her­self. She only told us that life was tough. The next thing her chil­dren told us that she had taken poi­son and was writhing in pain.

“We rushed her to the camp hospi­tal in a wheel­bar­row where she was im­me­di­ately trans­ferred to UBH. She died af­ter a short while.”

Of­fi­cers in the camp re­vealed that when Shumba came to the funeral that evening, the de­ceased’s an­gry rel­a­tives al­most at­tacked him and he was chased away.

The fam­ily has fer­ried the body to her ru­ral home where she will be buried. The name of the ru­ral home could not be as­cer­tained. — @win­nie_­masara

The pic­ture taken on Wed­nes­day from a view point along Leopold Takawira Street shows a full moon be­fore the sun sets. At full moon, the moon and sun are on a line, with Earth in-be­tween. It’s as though Earth is the ful­crum of a see­saw, and the moon and sun are sit­ting on ei­ther end of the see­saw. Full moon came on Au­gust 18, 2016, at 9:27 UTC. That’s be­fore sun­rise Au­gust 18 for those in the United States. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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