By Nancy Samuriwo
AFTER flying 3 500 km from Cameroon where he was on duty protecting the country’s national football team, the Warriors, Lenon Zaranyika found he was unwanted at his live-in girlfriend’s funeral and could only attend after he secured the help of fellow bouncers.
Zaranyika, who was part of Warriors’ security team in Cameroon, had to book a quick flight home to attend the funeral of his wife Pinky (Precious Mary Musoni).
Pinky, who was employed by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra), was buried at Glen Forest Memorial Park yesterday where Zaranyika was deemed persona non-grata.
Zaranyika refused to shed light on why he was unwanted, as did the relatives of Pinky, who would not entertain media interviews. He said he had recieved negative media coverage in the past and would prefer to talk less going forward.
This was in reference to a case in 2020 when Zaranyika assaulted Afro-fusion musician Andy Muridzo after he found the singer bedding his then wife, one Itai, in Waterfalls.
However, it has emerged from close family sources that Pinky and Zaranyika were not even married and were just living together as lovers.
Pinky, aged 37, recently lost her husband, after which she began dating Zaranyika. Apart from providing security for the Warriors, Zaranyika provides security and chauffer services to controversial Walter Magaya of the Prophetic and Healing Deliverance (PHD) Ministries.
“As family, we barely knew this guy who wants to pass off as Pinky’s husband. We do not want to embarrass him but he must have the decency to not barge into our family as if any of us knew him,” a relative told HourlyHits at the burial site.
“After al, we have people gathered here who are relatives of Pinky’s late husband. They are our relatives too and we have mutual respect for each other. What will they take us for if we entertain this guy?”
Another relative, who claimed she knew Zaranyika, said she knew him was the driver of a popular Harare prophet and a close friend of Pinky’s.
“Of course I know they were an item, even though sis Pinky never let us in on her relationships after the death of her husband. I think she just did not want people judging her preferences.
“Besides, she has adult children and she probably did not want to introduce them to a man she had barely met for long. But for him (Zaranyika) to show up at this funeral and telling the whole world that he was Pinky’s husband is, with all due respect, insane.”
HourlyHits heard that trouble started when news broke out that Zaranyika, who was on duty at the Afcon, had booked a ticket back home for the funeral. Pinky as being mourned in Chitungwiza, and senior family members immediately decided to ensure the Warriors bouncer would have no role to play at the funeral.
“Pinky lived in Hatfield with Zaranyika, even though not much had been formalised,” revealed a source. “So when Zaranyika touched down, he learnt that the funeral was at Chitungwiza and that he was persona non-grata.
“Somehow, Zaranyika had some understanding with Pinky’s father that he could be allowed to just pay condolences and leave quickly without raising the attention of other family members.
“Some relatives then got wind of that and Zaranyika could only mourn Pinky in hatfield with a bunch of his fellow bouncers and colleagues,” the source revealed.
But still bursting with emotion and grief, Zaranyika decided to gate-crash the burial of his lover at Glen Forest Memorial Park yesterday, but he had his team of fellow bouncers accompany him, just in case…
After bulldozing his way in the company of fellow bouncers to witness the burial, Zaranyika cut a lonely figure as all of Pinky’s relatives, including those he had met before and enjoyed a warm relationship with, avoided him as if he had the plague
The Warriors bouncer claimed a Zanu PF official he named as Anastacia Ndlovu, who he said was related to Pinky, issued an order that he was unwanted within 100 metres of the burial site or ese he would “face the consequences” for trespassing.
“I took a flight from Cameroon, after receiving a message that my wife had passed on,” said a tearful Zaranyika. “Upon arriving in the country, I was informed that mourners were supposed to gather at her family home. My father-in-law felt sorry for me, but Anastasia Ndlovu gave orders to bar me from attending the funeral.
“I have it a in my phone here, the recordings of her talking in Chitungwiza ordering that I be barred for no apparent reason. She ordered a 100 metre radius for me and warned that her security officers would handle me if I came anywhere near the proceedings.
“But that did not deter me, so I decided to defy her orders by attending the burial, considering that I had no issues with my wife.”
Zaranyika and his bouncers observed the proceedings from a distance, with tears rolling down his cheeks. He then moved closer to the grave and consoled his father-in-law.
In January 2020, Zaranyika was reportedly briefly detained by Criminal Investigations Divisions (CID) detectives at Waterfall Police Station. This was after he allegedly assaulted Andy Muridzo with two firearms: an assault rifle as well as a pistol.
The enraged Zaranyika stormed the lover’ hideout armed with a pistol and it took police officers to restrain him.
In a subsequent interview, Muridzo said he was seriously hurt though there was no way that he could fight the angry man back because he was armed.
“I was caught unaware and severely beaten, I thought of fighting back nekuti ummmmm zvibhakera zvacho zvairwadza problem munhu wacho angaine pfuti.
“To be honest with you l was not aware that this woman was married and we were about to have some drinks with my friends”, said Baba Keketso.
Zaranyika’s then wife Itai, confirmed she was cheating and justified her actions saying Zaranyika was denying her conjugal rights and concentrating on his girlfriends. She said she no longer had anything to hide about her marriage, which collapsed immediately after the scandal.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Pinky’s family members are unhappy with the story of how she died and are demanding a full autopsy.
Pinky, born in August 1984, died last week at St Anne’s Hospital. She had been admitted for a routine procedure at St Anne Hospital after scans revealed that she had ovarian cysts or fibroids.
A family source Pinkie started complaining of stomach pains and went to Barnes Avenues clinic where she was attended to by one Dr Nyekete, who did a scan which showed that she had fibroids or ovarian cysts.
After the scan results, Dr Nyekete prescribed Pinkie some pain killers and told her to go recuperate at home. When she got home, Pinkie was still in extreme pain and went back to the same doctor on the next day.
She was told to come back on the 12th of January to spend the night at the hospital for a routine procedure that would be performed on the 13th by a urologist. The total cost of the procedure was about USD1200.
On the 12th of January, Pinkie went and spent the night at St Anne’s Hospital, but died in the early hours of the 13th. Doctors at the hospital say she died of kidney failure in the early hours before she was attended to.
The source revealed that none of the family members have seen the scan results that were given to Pinkie at Bairnes Avenue clinic. At the time of her death, Pinkie was traveling to and from hospital with her teenage daughter.
At the burial, friends and colleagues described Pinky as a music lover and a strong-wiled woman who despite her steady job, hustled around to improve her lifestyle.
“She loved her kids and would hustle around to give them a lifestyle she could not afford if she was to rely on her salary alone.
“We have lost such a strong-wiled friend, sister and woman who believed in herself so much,” said a mourner who described herself as Pinky’s former workmate.