Death as kids drop grandpa into 23m well

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Nqo­bile Tshili

A 75-YEAR-OLD man from Red­wood in Umguza District died af­ter he plunged head­long into a 23-me­tre deep well try­ing to re­trieve a wa­ter bucket while be­ing as­sisted by three chil­dren un­der the age of 15.

Elias Moyo is al­leged to have in­structed the chil­dren aged 12, 14 and 15, two of them girls, to lower him into the well us­ing a rope so that he could re­trieve the bucket.

How­ever, tragedy struck when they failed to sus­tain his weight and he fell into the well.

One of the chil­dren told The Chron­i­cle that they ini­tially re­fused to lower Moyo into the well but he in­sisted they should do it.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred last week on Wednes­day at a homestead in Umguza. Moyo was buried on Satur­day. Vil­lagers said they re­main con­fused whether the rope the chil­dren were us­ing snapped or he was too heavy for them.

They said Moyo was a care­taker at the homestead whose own­ers live in Bulawayo.

The vil­lagers said it did not make sense to them that an adult could ask chil­dren to lower him down a well.

One of the neigh­bours, Mrs Lil­ian Ng­wenya, said the chil­dren only in­formed them about the in­ci­dent when they failed to get a re­sponse from Moyo af­ter call­ing out his name.

“We don’t re­ally know what tran­spired but one of the chil­dren rushed to tell us that ukhulu had fallen into the pit. They said he fell while try­ing to re­trieve a wa­ter bucket. We ran to the scene and found him still alive. We could also com­mu­ni­cate with him,” said Mrs Ng­wenya.

She said he died while vil­lagers were try­ing to re­trieve him.

An­other vil­lager who de­clined to be named said Moyo broke his spinal cord af­ter fall­ing into the well.

Mrs Mavis Ndlovu, an­other vil­lager, said it did not make sense for Moyo to go down a deep well just to re­trieve a bucket.

“Nor­mally we look for wires that we lower down the well to hook up buck­ets. It doesn’t make sense that he wanted to go down the well him­self. We’re left with unan­swered ques­tions. Even ask­ing chil­dren; two girls and a boy to lower him does not make sense,” she said.

Mata­bele­land North po­lice spokesper­son Sergeant Na­mati­rai Mashona could not be reached for com­ment.— @nqot­shili.

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