Busi­ness­man speaks on rit­ual killing

THE case of a twoyear old boy who was found dead at St Noah Shrine in Ma­fararikwa (Marange), 11 days af­ter his mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­pear­ance in a sus­pected case of rit­ual killing, has taken a new twist.

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THE boy, Noah Marange, dis­ap­peared at a church con­ven­tion on Oc­to­ber 20 be­fore his re­mains were dis­cov­ered at the shrine in a state of de­com­po­si­tion on Oc­to­ber 31. This torched a storm with the su­per­sti­tious com­mu­nity point­ing an ac­cus­ing fin­ger at lo­cal ru­ral busi­ness­man Tafadzwa Marange.

Marange, who is pop­u­larly known as Jinga, and is ac­cused of killing the boy to en­hance his busi­nesses, has bro­ken his si­lence and dis­missed the ac­cu­sa­tions say­ing his hands are clean.

Jinga re­vealed in an in­ter­view with The Week­ender re­cently that he does not need to be in­volved in rit­ual killings to en­hance his busi­nesses.

He ar­gued that his wealth, which has en­vied his ri­vals, was a re­sult of sheer hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion and fo­cus. In dis­miss­ing the ac­cu­sa­tions, Jinga said: “I know that there are peo­ple who are link­ing my flour­ish­ing busi­ness em­pire to rit­ual killings, but that is not true. I am a hard-work­ing and fo­cused busi­ness­man. I started my busi­ness from scratch.

‘‘It was dif­fi­cult at first, but I was de­ter­mined and worked hard to be where I am now.

When I was told of those ac­cu­sa­tions by my friends, I could not be­lieve it. The ac­cu­sa­tions were fu­elled through the so­cial me­dia What­sApp plat­form, and it was dev­as­tated. Can you imag­ine that I do not even know the women whom I am ac­cused of con­niv­ing with to kill the baby?”

Jinga, who owns re­tail shops at Marange busi­ness cen­tre was also ac­cused of brib­ing Chief Marange with $10 000 to sweep the mat­ter un­der the car­pet.

Jinga dis­missed the al­le­ga­tions, again, as ma­li­cious.

“My real name is Tafadzwa Marange and peo­ple are al­leg­ing that there are Eco­cash trans­ac­tions that show that I wired Chief Marange bribe money to kill the case. I have two Econet lines reg­is­tered in my name Tafadzwa Marange.

‘‘The al­le­ga­tions are shock­ing and ma­li­cious. At first I had elected to re­main quiet and mind my own busi­ness, but the al­le­ga­tions are so dam­ag­ing to re­main silent. Yes I am re­lated to Chief Marage, he is my un­cle, but I have never bribed him as al­leged. Why should I?” he quipped.

How­ever, the boy’s fa­ther Noel Marange, in­sists that his son was mur­dered.

He also im­pli­cated - Mary Marange and one Ferere - who are the boy’s aun­ties, of fa­cil­i­tat­ing his son’s dis­ap­pear­ance and sub­se­quent rit­ual mur­der.

He said post mortem re­sults re­vealed that his son was stran­gled.

“Af­ter the in­ci­dent we asked Mary where the baby had gone, but she pro­fessed ig­no­rance over the mat­ter. We then con­sulted Chief Marange to as­sist us since we were all con­fused. We took Mary to Chief Marange’s homestead, but she started evad­ing ques­tions when she was asked about what hap­pened to my son. Her an­swers were con­flict­ing, she was eva­sive.

“We then ap­proached a san­goma from Chipinge who told us that the boy had been mur­dered, and that Mary knew what tran­spired. We also ap­proached an­other n’anga that also con­firmed the same.

‘‘We re­ally want to know what tran­spired. We ex­pected Chief Marange to act, but were shocked when he said he will wait for the po­lice to carry out in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­fore he acts,” said Noel.

When con­tacted for a com­ment, Mary de­nied any in­volve­ment in the al­leged rit­ual killing.

“We went to a church gath­er­ing on the fate­ful day, and left Noah asleep in the tent. We later came back and re­alised that he had gone miss­ing.

‘‘It was sad. Days later I was shocked to hear some rel­a­tives and vil­lagers ac­cus­ing me fa­cil­i­tat­ing his mur­der. I re­ally do not know what hap­pened to him and my hands are clean on this is­sue,” she said.

Noel Marange Noah's de­com­pos­ing body Tafadzwa Marange aka Jinga

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