Miss­ing wo­man’s re­mains found 1 year later

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

A BULILIMA fam­ily says it has been sad­dened by the dis­cov­ery of the re­mains of a fe­male rel­a­tive who has been miss­ing for a year, but is re­lieved that the clos­ing of the fi­nal chap­ter of her life gives them clo­sure.

Four women stum­bled on the re­mains of Mrs Tjililo Sibanda (42) who dis­ap­peared with­out trace in Septem­ber last year while she was on her way home from fetch­ing wa­ter.

The women who dis­cov­ered her re­mains were col­lect­ing fire­wood in a bushy area in Ngot­sha Vil­lage in Mad­lam­buzi.They saw Mrs Sibanda’s re­mains close to a stream which is about 10 kilo­me­tres from her homestead.

Chief Mad­lam­buzi con­firmed the in­ci­dent which oc­curred in his area on Satur­day morn­ing. He said Sibanda’s rel­a­tives iden­ti­fied her by the tat­tered clothes that were found ly­ing close to her re­mains.“There is a wo­man who went miss­ing last year and her re­mains were found on Satur­day morn­ing by women who were col­lect­ing fire­wood.

“She was buried on Sun­day morn­ing at her homestead,” Chief Mad­lam­buzi said.Ngot­sha Vil­lage head, Mr Nor­man Tshuma, said Sibanda went miss­ing on Septem­ber 15 last year in the evening.He said it is sus­pected that she got lost on her way home from fetch­ing wa­ter.

Mr Tshuma said Sibanda is sus­pected to have wan­dered off in the bushes as it was dark.

“Sibanda’s fam­ily filed a report of a miss­ing per­son in Septem­ber last year. They last saw her on 15 Septem­ber when she left her home in the evening to col­lect wa­ter from a bore­hole which is about four kilo­me­tres away. Some vil­lagers parted ways with her at the bore­hole at around 7PM,” he said.

“She never re­turned to her home that night. A search party was mo­bilised and vil­lagers tried to lo­cate her that night but failed. The search re­sumed the fol­low­ing morn­ing and lasted for about two weeks with­out luck.” Mr Tshuma said one of the four women who are from Ngot­sha vil­lage spot­ted a wa­ter bucket by a stream and went to in­ves­ti­gate.

He said the wo­man then saw the hu­man re­mains ly­ing close to the bucket and alerted her col­leagues.

“The place where they found the body is se­cluded and peo­ple hardly go there. We as­sume that Sibanda di­verted from her path and got lost in the bushes as the area does not have any home­steads close by,’ Mr Tshuma said.

He said al­though sad­dened by the turn of events, Sibanda’s fam­ily was re­lieved fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of the re­mains as her dis­ap­pear­ance with­out trace was trou­bling them.

Mr Tshuma said Sibanda left be­hind her hus­band and four chil­dren.-@DubeMatutu

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