GIDEON Mashasha, 80, whose body was found in an advanced state of decomposition at the family house in Zengeza 3, about two weeks ago, is set to be buried at his rural home in Gwanda District today.
His body was taken to the family home where residents were allowed to pay their respects.
It was then taken to Matabeleland South for burial.
Sekuru Mashasha, who was wheelchair-bound, died at home and his wife, Gogo Plaxedes Mashasha, did not report the death to authorities.
She stayed with the body in the house for five days and, when it was discovered, her son, Grant, was found confined in the ceiling.
Neighbours said they had not seen Sekuru Mashasha for 10 years, and Grant for 14 years.
They presumed that Gogo Mashasha was now staying alone.
Their first-born daughter has since jetted into the country, from the United Kingdom, for her father’s burial.
Sekuru Mashasa’s younger brother, Christopher Mashasha, 74, said he was devastated by his brother’s treatment, even in death.
He told H-Metro he didn’t get along well with Gogo Mashasha, “I last saw Gideon in 2016 when I attended the funeral of one of his children,” said Christopher.
“Gogo Mashasha was not comfortable with visitors, be it relatives, because she locked me outside, several times.
“She lied to me about the burial arrangements of her daughter as a way of avoiding relatives.
“However, Gideon heard my conversation with her and later phoned telling me the exact date since the body was still outside the country.
“Gideon reported abuse cases against Gogo Mashasha that, at one time, police threatened to bring a social welfare official to the house since she was starving him and not bathing him.”
He said his brother’s problems started when he fell ill.
“Gideon’s problems with Gogo Mashasha started in 1992 when he became paralysed.
“His wife started abusing him by denying him food and not bathing him. She would lie to relatives about his condition.
“He actually lived under filthy conditions.
“She also blocked him from communicating with his relatives, and barred all relatives from entering their yard.
“Gideon’s death has come as part of a healing process for his relatives because we will no longer be subjected to lies after inquiring about his condition and welfare,” said Christopher.