Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
A Chitungwiza woman was barred from her husband’s funeral which was moved from her house to the in-laws’.
Margaret Chinogurei, 44, was humiliated and ordered to watch her hubby’s burial from a distance.
Chinogurei’s mother in-law Annastancia Rhoda Bando was reported to have hauled vulgar words that startled mourners and went on to accuse the former of bewitching her late son Vengai ‘Rambo’ Bando, 59.
Gogo Chinogurei went on to demand a beast and a goat from Chinogurei as fine so that she attends her husband’s funeral wake at the in-laws’ house.
Rambo, as he was affectionately known in soccer circles, was found dead at his house along Gunguwo Street in Zengeza 2 and postmortem results showed high blood pressure as cause of death.
Narrating her ordeal to H-Metro, Chinogurei said she was humiliated and pained as she was not allowed to take any part in her husband’s funeral proceedings.
“Ndakachemedzwa zvekufunga kuti dai ndakabereka mwana mukomana angadai akandirwira uye kumira neni,” said Chinogurei.
“My health has not been sound for some time and when I went to a pharmacy for medication, I found my husband dead.
“His relatives teamed up against me accusing me of bewitching my husband.
“We built the house together but his relatives decided to address mourners that they were changing place for mourning.
“I was ordered to remain outside gate at my mother-in-law’s house where they took my husband’s body to.
“They accused me of calling Gogo Bando a witch and asked me to pay a beast and a goat as fine to be allowed to enter her gate.
“After paying a goat they denied me access to the house but instead hired a woman they claimed was my husband’s second wife to be by Rambo’s coffin side.
“The woman was paid to mock me and I became a laughing stock at my own husband’s funeral.
“They went on to buy new clothes to dress the body describing me as a witch,” said Chinogurei.
The late Rambo’s neighbours told H-Metro that they had been denied access to the house and their contributions were not welcomed for sympathising with Chinogurei.
“Takaimbirwa karwiyo zvichinzi hatidi makunguwo pano vabva kunaGunguwo Street ngavabve pano pane zvipfukuto,” said one of the neighbours.
Rambo’s younger brother Tawanda Bando confirmed the differences that marred the funeral saying Chinogurei was fined for labelling Gogo Bando a witch.
“There was drama and Gogo Bando was not comfortable to attend her son’s funeral at my late brother’s house considering her differences with Chinogurei,” said Tawanda.
“Gogo Bando claimed that Chinogurei had called her a witch and she was fined for the utterances.
“She has gone to Mutoko to attend another funeral and is expected back later today,” said Tawanda.
Bando was laid to rest at Unit L cemetery in Chitungwiza.