The late Prism Mvere
MWENEZI - Two pupils who were doing form six at Lundi Christian High School drowned in Runde River on Saturday, May 05, in what some suspect to be a mermaid attack.
They had gone to the river to do laundry and their lifeless bodies were retrieved the following day.
Police at Masvingo provincial headquarters confirmed the matter saying they had received a report to that effect.
The sciences pupils were identified as Prism Mvere and Douglas Maramba from Rutenga and Chikombedzi respectively.
They were day scholars lodging at the mission’s premises to attend holiday lessons.
Mwenezi District Schools Inspector (DSI) Luckson Zanamwe confirmed the tragedy.
“The two boys who were doing form six at Lundi High School drowned along Runde River on Saturday and their lifeless bodies were later recovered the following day,” said Zanamwe.
Reliable sources at the school said pupils went to the river reportedly to wash their blankets and clothes.
“They left their place saying they wanted to do some laundry but they did not return. When authorities were alerted, they searched for them at the river but they found only their scattered laundry and a bucket close to a pool in the river,” said a source.
A concerted search by various authorities yielded nothing the whole of Saturday only for the lifeless bodies to resurface the following day without any sign the two could have been attacked by a crocodile attack.
Many people who are familiar with the area now suspect that the two were seized into the water by a mermaid.
“One body emerged first but the other did not immediately appear until some rites were performed. After the procedure, the remaining body emerged but with some blood stains on the nose.
“They are clearly victims of a mermaid attack. They are not the first people to fall victim of such an attack at that place,” said a resident of Lundi business centre.