Celine Shiri aged 4 and Lynet Musungatu aged 3.

Double murder charge for owner of Chiredzi pre-school where 2 learners died

“As police we prefer murder charges against the accused and the case will appear in court soon,” said Masvingo Provincial Police Spokesman Kudakwashe Dhewa.

POLICE are preferring murder charges on Zhuwakina Javangwe, a 53-year-old resident of Westwood suburb in Chiredzi who left her learners to suffocate in the boot of her Honda CRV vehicle.

The deceased minors have been identified as Celine Shiri aged 4 and Lynet Musungatu aged 3. Their bodies have been taken to Chiredzi Hospital for post-mortem.

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Police have confirmed the case saying Javangwe will face murder charges, among others.

“As police we prefer murder charges against the accused and the case will appear in court soon,” said Masvingo Provincial Police Spokesman Kudakwashe Dhewa.

Javangwe who runs Javas Day Care is married to prominent Chiredzi businessman Kennedy Javangwe also known as PEKSAVE, the Masvingo Mirror has established.

With temperatures soaring around 32°C in Chiredzi yesterday, Javangwe drove her Honda CRV motor vehicle – registration number ACV 9860 – at around 6:30am and collected eight pupils.

She uses the car as “school bus” for her day care centre, transporting the learners from their homes to school and back.

She drove them to her preschool, which has since been found to be unregistered.

She went for a second trip and collected 10 pupils. Of these, she placed 6 pupils on seats whilst 4 others were placed in the boot.

When she reached the school, 6 pupils who were sitting on the seats disembarked leaving the four in the boot behind.

It is alleged that Javangwe proceeded on her third trip and collected eight other pupils and the first four remained in the boot. At 7:30am, those 8 seated on the seats disembarked and Javangwe locked the car and closed the windows leaving behind the four in the boot.

She allegedly proceeded to conduct her lessons until at 10:00am when she came back to clean the car. Javangwe heard voices coming from inside the car crying out for help.

She opened the door and rescued two kids who had managed to move from the boot to the front seats. One of the kids notified Javangwe that there were two others stuck in the boot.

Javangwe removed the lifeless bodies of the two and tried to render first aid but in vain.

She reported the case to ZR Police Chiredzi resulting to her arrest. She spent the night in Police cells.

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