Chivhu woman clutches to a funeral policy as house burns

Nyasha Musambasi

Chivhu – Emelda Marizani, the woman who beheaded her four children in Chivhu on Wednesday retrieved a funeral policy before setting her house together with the bodies of her children alight, the local MP was told.

The policy is the only item that she served from the ensuing fire, said Marizani’s husband Lameck Bande.

Bande said this to the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care and Chikomba East MP, John Mangwiro who visited the family on Thursday to assess the tragedy.

With the policy document clutched in her hands, and children’s bodies burning inside the house, Marizani dashed to Chivhu Police Station to hand herself over.

Bande told Mangwiro that he was not aware of the policy until Police told him about it. He said that the policy was paid up and subscriptions ran up to December 2020.

He broke down as he narrated his problems with Marizani to Mangwiro and wondered why his wife had kept the policy a secret. The Mirror attended Mangwiro’s visit.

“My wife had a policy which was up to date and was paid up to December 2020. I didn’t know that she took a funeral policy and I am shattered to think that this was the only item that she valued and retrieved from the burning house,” said Bande.

Marizani slit her four children’s throats in a chilling case of murder after an altercation with her husband. She told ZBC that she did not regret the killing and accused her husband of loving the children more than he loved her.

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