Sulphuric acid attack victim dies

hammer2Daniel Kachere Herald Reporter
The 38-year-old woman who was battling for her life at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals after being doused with sulphuric acid by her estranged lover in Goromonzi last month died yesterday.

Acting Harare Provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Simon Chazovachiyi confirmed the death which occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Rudo Bakasa suffered from second degree burns after Robson Munamba (51), who is married to another woman, allegedly drenched her with the corrosive liquid.

Munamba, who is said to be a reverend, was remanded in custody to July 3 in Marondera where he was facing a charge of attempted murder, which is likely to be altered to murder following Bakasa’s death.

The State, led by prosecutor Shingirai Nyengere had it that on April 6 this year, Munamba left Botswana where he works as a mechanic and came to Zimbabwe.

It was said that he intended to confront Bakasa on why she had decided to terminate their love affair.

Allegations were that Munamba then smuggled five litres of sulphuric acid from Botswana which he intended to use in dealing with Bakasa and he reached Glen Norah, Harare, with the dangerous liquid.

On May 8, around 2pm, armed with the acid Munamba left Harare for Masiyiwa Village in Goromonzi where Bakasa was staying with her mother, the court heard.

Upon his arrival at the homestead, he found Bakasa away and was accommodated by her mother for the night.

Reports are that on the following day around 9am, he phoned Bakasa intending to know of her whereabouts.

He learnt that Bakasa was on her way to the village to attend a funeral. Munamba is said to have left the homestead so that he could intercept her at the bus stop.

At around 9:30am, confronted Bakasa over the termination of their affair and tried to force her to drink the sulphuric acid which he had put in a smaller container but was overpowered.

It is the State’s case that he then poured the acid on her face and all over the body.

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