The late Sydney Chingoma
Two mentally-challenged people recently died on the streets of Masvingo, one of them reportedly after being assaulted by homeless children, TellZim News has learnt.
A woman who, for long, had set-up camp at Kyle House along Hughes St was found dead last Sunday morning.
The woman was identified as Locadia Gutu but people commonly referred to her as ‘VaMagumbo’. Some people said she had complained about severe headache and her body had swelled massively.
Police spokesperson Inspector Charity Mazula confirmed the death and said they were carrying out investigations.
A week before, Sydney Chingoma died at Masvingo Provincial Hospital where he had been rushed reportedly after being found with a deep scar on his head.
Chingoma, who was commonly known as ‘Tsano’, had for many years slept on the pavement close to Zuva Kyle fuel station but management there recently chased him away reportedly because he was ‘making a mess of the place’.
After being evicted from the place, he is said to have went to a another place close to Pick n Pay where he reportedly clashed with street kids there who then beat him up.
When TellZim News asked Mazula if the police were investigating a murder case, she said she had not even received the report of the now almost three-weeks-old incident.
Authorities in Masvingo have been blamed for turning a blind eye on homeless mentally challenged people.