Socialite Olinda Chapel says she has paid ZWL$270 000 for DNA tests to be conducted on human remains thought to belong to St Mathias Tzonso High School learner, Livingstone Sunhwa, who has been missing since December 2021.
The Sunhwa family had been asked to pay for the tests which will determine if the remains are their son’s.
Chapel sent US$350 to Livingstone’s mother Selina Tadya and posted the confirmation on her Facebook page. She said:
Please let them know I have sent money for the DNA tests.
Please can they get in touch with me for the reference number. Have a great weekend everyone.
Authorities at the Anglican Church-run school say Livingstone was arrested by police for breaking into the institution’s tuckshop and stealing snacks.
The teenager was reportedly released into the hands of the school’s suspended headmaster Maxwell Sambona on 5 December to allow him to sit for a ZIMSEC examination the following day.
On 6 December, Livingstone did not turn up for the exam and he has not been seen since.
On Friday last week remains of a body including items of clothing were found strewn in a bushy area, about a kilometre from the school.
School shoes found at the scene are thought to have belonged to Livingstone.