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Husband Of Deceased 14-year-old Anna Machaya Released On Bail

Husband Of Deceased 14-year-old Anna Machaya Released On Bail

High Court judge Justice Isaac Muzenda on Thursday granted $50 000 bail to Hatirarami Momberume, who is facing murder charges after his 14-year-old bride died while giving birth.

Anna Machaya died on July 15 this year during labour at a church shrine in Marange, Manicaland province.

Justice Muzenda questioned why the State preferred murder charges and said the State should prove the essential elements of murder in Momberume’s case before granting him bail.

Part of his bail conditions included residing at Marange St Noah College until the matter is finalised, reporting to Bambazonke Police Station every week and not interfering with witnesses.

He will be back in the regional court on December 7 for trial.

Momberume faces a second charge of “having sexual intercourse or performing indecent acts with a young person”, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Momberume was represented by Brian Majamanda of Khupe and Chijara Law Chambers.

According to the State, Momberume unlawfully caused the death of Machaya by failing to take her to a medical facility to receive healthcare services during labour.

Momberume, instead, took Machaya to Johanne Marange traditional midwives, where she delivered and died after some labour complications.

He hid the news of her death and proceeded to bury her without notifying authorities.

In order to cover up the offence, the accused and his relatives claimed that the person who had died was Memory Machaya born on January 2, 1999.

Investigations later revealed that the person who was married to the accused was, indeed, Anna and not Memory, leading to his arrest.

More: NewsDay


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18 Comments

Citizen 5 months ago

Momberume nema midwives ekuchurch kwake and all those who were present on the day rakafa Anna machaya, must all face murder charges, Momberume obatwa zvekare neyekuita bonde nemwana mudiki, vese ngavaende kujeri


Mtetse 5 months ago

What does god have to say about this?


Roro 5 months ago

Hakuna church yakadarooo, Momberume ngaaende kujeri, and ban the church basa kunyepera kunamata muchitsvaka kuita vana vakadzi apa hamuendesi vana kuchikoro futi


CzaryMangule 5 months ago

There is a legal right to freedom of association and religion. It's better to ban Momberume not the church, hazviiti.

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Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Nhaiwe imbwa iwe church yapinda papi nangana nemunhu akazviita haasi church


Shadows 5 months ago

Ko church yaparawo mhosva yei. Nangai mnhu akanganisa. Kumusha kwenyu hakuna mbavha hr kna mahure.


Nkust 5 months ago

Tkt urikupindura ani uri ku comment nyaya here make it relevant tizive kwazvobva nekwazviri kuenda


BRA TSONYOLOZA STEREK 5 months ago

Why, did they release him, havachamuwani FUTI.

Gone for good


Cobra King 5 months ago

But Memory was beautiful. Dai akasiiwa okurazvakanaka yaivetsvarakadenga chaiyo. Mapostori regaidzive shiri mazai regai kuisa madomasi.


Soso 5 months ago

Ehe tikuti mapistori nekuti uyu machaya he haasi ega, siyanai nekahunhu kenyu kekutora vanasikana vadiki kuvaita vakadzi.
Regai dzive shiri, I second!

Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Ukwane iwe mapostori mapostori aitasei taura munhu akanganisa

Bright 5 months ago

Chirudzii nhai imi mhondi kuiburitsirei mitemo yemu zimbabwe so kaa


Mamonya 5 months ago

14 year old, vamwe vanhu havafungi , machurch akadaiso ngaavhariswe nxa🚮


CzaryMangule 5 months ago

@Mamonya, kandai mubhini such an advice.

Tkt 5 months ago

My friend, only the offender is punished for a crime he did. Can you be punished for the murder your son commits? Stop personalising things that has nothing to do with you!


Taku B 5 months ago

Hapana kwatiri kuenda shuwa senyika why release such a monster nxaa nyika inotongwa nembwa dzinonzi Zanu soo haa ma1 arikupinda hake mukomana.


Rambo 5 months ago

kkkk rehai aponfe zvake mkomana nekuti zanu hapana chozikanwa

Gogodera 5 months ago

Kurara nemwana iwe Wakarusa kwasara muridzi wechurch yacho anodzidzisa vanhu huipi taneta navo vanhu ava kutirongo sagumbura zvofira ukoko



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