Shock and panic has gripped people of Shurugwi in Zimbabwe after a jilted mother abandoned by the husband allegedly forced her three children to drink poison before she also took it too, killing her and her eldest daughter.
According to the Chronicle, they died at Mpilo Central Hospital on Sunday while her two other children are still admitted to Shurugwi District Hospital.
It was gathered that Cencia Ncube of Railway Block in Shurugwi took drastic decision after learning that the husband allegedly gave a vehicle the couple had bought to his mistress. Things became really bad after she travelled to Gweru’s Mtapa suburb where her husband lives to confront him over the matter and he allegedly told her off.
Speaking on the matter, Acting Midlands police spokesperson, Sergeant Xolani Dube revealed that Ncube forced her three children Pamela, 14, Lionel, 11, and Makanaka, 2, to drink water laced with dimethoate, a chemical cultured to kill mites and insects.
“Police in Shurugwi are investigating a case of murder and suicide where a female adult forced her three children Pamela, 14, Lionel 11, and Makanaka Ncube 2 to drink water laced with dimethoate before she also drank the same harmful substance.
“The incident occurred at the woman’s residence at Railway Block in Shurugwi on Saturday at around 4PM,” he said.
Sgt Dube said an hour after the quartet had taken the chemical, Lionel went to inform their neighbour, Shelfin Williams, about what their mother had forced them to do.
“Williams went to the suspect’s home and found her groaning in pain together with her daughters and informed another neighbour, Herbert Manduku, who ferried Cencia and the children to Shurugwi District Hospital.
“Cencia and Pamela were referred to Mpilo hospital where they died on Sunday. The other two, Lionel and Makanaka are admitted to Shurugwi Hospital where their condition is stable,” he said.
One of the woman’s relatives Enoch Ncube said: “What you heard is the correct summary of events.”
It was gathered that Ncube and her husband, only identified as saPamela, had a misunderstanding on his alleged extramarital affair.
The source said on Saturday, Ncube was informed by her aunt that her husband was having an extramarital affair with a woman who lives in Mambo high density suburb in Gweru.
“Ncube’s aunt told her that her husband had given his mistress their vehicle and this angered her. She then came to Gweru and confronted the small house before confronting her husband who was drinking beer at Mtapa Shopping Centre. The husband told her off and said he was no longer interested in her,” said the relative.
The relative said Ncube, in anger, went back to Shurugwi where she forced her three children to down poison before also taking the toxic substance.