Wife speaks on evil dad

l Three chil­dren axed, burnt...

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Ray Bande Se­nior Re­porter

THE mother of the three chil­dren that were axed and burnt by their fa­ther be­fore he set house­hold prop­erty on fire says she re­grets hav­ing left her chil­dren when she ran away from her hos­tile and dan­ger­ous hus­band.

Fashion Mu­pakati (42), who had been re­leased af­ter serv­ing a oneyear-eight-months jail term for mur­der­ing his girl­friend, al­legedly killed his chil­dren, Trin­ity (5) and Trish (8), be­fore set­ting the homestead on fire.

He is now on the run and a man­hunt has since been launched for him.

Tanaka (12), who sur­vived the grue­some at­tack with two deep head cuts, is ad­mit­ted at Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal.

In an in­ter­view on the side­lines of the two chil­dren’s fu­neral wake at their Birchenough Bridge homestead, Mu­pakati’s wife of 17 years, Pre­cious Kad­umba, said they had not en­joyed peace at their home since her hus­band’s re­lease from prison.

She de­serted the homestead fol­low­ing in­ces­sant and dan­ger­ous threats from Mu­pakati and had sought refuge at her rel­a­tive’s home in Harare.

“My hus­band was jailed for one, year eight months af­ter be­ing con­victed of killing his girl­friend. Since his re­lease from prison in May, peace never pre­vailed here. We quar­relled over sev­eral is­sues and each time he would threaten to kill me.

“Is­sues came to a boil upon his re­lease from prison when he scrolled my phone and asked why I was com­mu­ni­cat­ing with his un­cle, Joshua Choto. I ex­plained to him that th­ese were the peo­ple who were as­sist­ing me dur­ing his ab­sence, but he could have none of it. He sug­gested that I feign a rape case against his un­cle and I re­fused. I ad­vised him to sug­gest that to my fa­ther first be­fore I can agree. He knew that was a non-starter. He kept on threat­en­ing me,” she said.

“I tried to leave him three times since May, but each time he would pre­tend to have re­formed and apol­o­gised. When he threat­ened me again I fi­nally moved away on June 5. I asked my brother to come and pick my chil­dren. I now re­gret hav­ing left my chil­dren be­hind al­though I had no choice be­cause of the way I es­caped from him. I had to go right away at that mo­ment and then ar­range for the chil­dren to join me,” she said.

Kad­umba said she opted to find refuge in Harare fear­ing for her life.

“I went away and stayed with my rel­a­tives in Harare be­cause I was afraid that he would kill me. He apol­o­gised and asked me to come back home, but I had lost all the trust in him and I was ac­tu­ally scared of him. I even­tu­ally agreed to come back, but I planned to come back in the com­pany of my rel­a­tives and that was last Fri­day when we then trav­elled from Harare.

“How­ever, on our way from Harare he kept call­ing, in­quir­ing where ex­actly we were along the way. I sensed dan­ger be­cause he would phone af­ter short in­ter­vals. He later sent me a mes­sage say­ing he had killed our chil­dren,” she said.

Kad­umba said upon their ar­rival at Birchenough Bridge they went straight to the police sta­tion.

“We also phoned neigh­bours who rushed to our homestead and dis­cov­ered that the house was on fire. They man­aged to res­cue the el­der boy, but the other two were al­ready dead,” she added.

Mu­pakati is said to have sent them another mes­sage say­ing they could find him at a nearby moun­tain, but police could not lo­cate him when they went there.

From left Trish (8) killed, mid­dle Tanaka (12) sur­vived but in crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal, fore­ground Trin­ity (5) killed. (In­set) Killer dad Fashion Mu­pakati

Wife Pre­cious Kad­umba

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