MUTARE — A member of the Johane Marange Apostolic Church who is facing murder and sleeping with a minor charges will be back in the dock this Friday.
Hatirarami Momberume, aged 26, recently appeared before Mutare regional magistrate, Mrs Lucie-Anne Mungwari and was remanded in custody to today, September 3. This followed his arrest over the death during childbirth of his ‘wife’, 14-year-old Anna Machaya.
Anna died 15 July at the Johane Marange Mafararikwa Shrine in Mutare and was hastily buried by Church elders, reportedly inside the shrine in a messy cover-up that shocked the whole world.
Momberume was not asked to plead to murder and having sexual intercourse with a minor charges when he recently appeared before Mungwari, who remanded him in custody to today.
Tirivanhu Mutyasira and Jonathan Chingwinyiso appeared for the State, while Brian Majamanda of Khupe and Chijara Law Chambers represented Momberume.
Momberume is said to have impregnated Anna and stayed with her as his wife
It is the State’s case that Momberume caused the death of the girl by impregnating her and failing to take her to a proper health institution to receive healthcare services.
“Instead, the accused person took Annah Machaya to Johanne Marange traditional midwives where she delivered and died after some labour complications.
“He thereafter secretly buried her without notifying the authorities of her death,” said Mutyasira. □