Apostolic sect woman drowns to death during baptism

By Courage Dutiro

GUTU— The members of an Apostolic sect here were left with more questions than answers when one of their own drowned to death during a baptism ceremony which was conducted in Mutorahuku River.

The 26-year-old Privilege Mabasa is said to have drowned and disappeared during the baptism ceremony with her lifeless body submerging from under water the following day with bruises on the face, lower arms and jaws.

It has been learnt that before her untimely death on November 04, 2019 at around 10:00 hours, Mabasa of village Maswera in Gutu went to the river with other three church members for a baptism ceremony.

As they were at the river, Benson Mutuzungura (35) a male member of the sect and Mabasa went into the water to begin the ceremony.

During the immersing process, Mutuzungura and Mabasa unexpectedly sank into the water for a while before Mutuzungura reappeared at the river bank alone.

It is said when Mutuzungura reappeared alone at the river bank, the other church members then started to look for Mabasa but their search was futile.

Masvingo provincial police acting spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dhehwa confirmed the incident adding that the deceased’s body was later discovered on the following day floating in the river.

The body of Mabasa was discovered floating in the river by Irikidzai Mhlanga who was looking for cattle along the river. Mhlanga then alerted other villagers and a police report was made.

On another matter, a 20-month-old baby drowned in a one-meter deep canal in Paddock 13 in Mkwasini, Chiredzi after he slipped into the canal while following his mother who had gone to the fields.


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