Cover up attempt lands Marange parents in trouble

by | Aug 20, 2021 | Crime & Courts | 0 comments


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Parents to the late Marange teenager who died while giving birth at a church shrine are facing arrest on charges of obstructing the course of justice.

The parents Edmore Machaya, the father and the mother, Shy Mabika, tried to mislead law enforcement agents during investigations into their daughter`s death.

The minor, whose correct identity is Anna Machaya not Memory Machaya, died at the Johane Marange shrine after experiencing complications while giving birth at the age of 15.

She had been married off as a minor to Hatirarami Momberume aged 26 who arrested yesterday on rape charges.

“The parents openly lied to the Police that Anna was born on January 2, 1999 by providing a national identity card which was later revealed to belong to a namesake of the deceased. The namesake is a daughter of Ernest Machaya, an uncle to the late Anna. Police then discovered, through school records in Mhondoro and copies of correct birth certificates, that the late Anna was actually born on July 5, 2006,” said the Assistant Commissioner, Paul Nyathi in a statement yesterday.

The late Anna Machaya’s parents are also being charged for marrying off another minor to their late daughter’s husband as a replacement using the Chimutsamapfihwa tradition.