THE family of Tafadzwa “Boss Pango” Murengwa believes he was wronged by Samantha Dzapata who they say took his gifts and cheated on him, and they want him to fight from the grave.
Boss Pango must fight from the grave
Murengwa shot dead his girlfriend three weeks ago before committing suicide the following day. Samantha had obtained a peace order against Murengwa who she no longer loved, but Murengwa stalked her to Waterfalls where she was staying and shot her dead.
His family now accuses Samantha of going ahead and spending Tafadzwa’s money when she no longer loved him, and they are also demanding that her family hands over the gifts they received from Tafadzwa.
The latest revelations are contained in an interview Tafadzwa’s paternal grandmother had with the Sunday Mail. Speaking from the late Tafadzwa Murengwa’s rural home in Guruve, Gogo Grace Marumahoko said the Murengwa family will pay appeasement to the Dzapata family as per traditional customs, but also urge Tafadzwa to fight from the grave saying he was wronged by Samantha.
“If she (Samantha) had been honest, we would not have been in this mess. We will not demand his belongings but they should simply do the right thing and hand the things over. Tafadzwa will fight from the grave because we also feel he was wronged,” she said.
Gogo Marumahoko added: “He died for his belongings, it is not for us to fight on his behalf so we will simply do what is right for Dzapata’s family (appease) and leave the rest to him, he will fight if he wants to.”
She said they failed to attend Dzapata’s funeral as they were also mourning Murengwa. But Gogo Marumahoko insists that her family was equally bitter as they were wronged by Samantha and her family who accepted Tafadzwa’s money and gifts.
“Had Samantha simply returned Murengwa’s items and money all this would have not happened, he should fight from the grave,” said Marumahoko.
Samantha was cheating on Tafadzwa
Gogo Marumahoko claims she knew Samantha at a personal level as Tafadzwa often brought her to Guruve and had introduced her to the family as his future wife. Samantha would also regularly call her, she said.
She said Dzapata was introduced to her in Guruve last year, and she was Tafadzwa’s first and only girlfriend they knew aa family.
“He did not have many friends and nor was he a playboy. Samantha was the first one, to us,” Gogo Marumahoko recalled.
“He always called or came by to check up on me, made sure I had airtime and bought me gifts. He loved me that much, I am wounded,” she said.
She revealed that she had noticed the ‘lovebird’s’ relationship had soured and Tafadzwa told her about the fights they were having. Gogo Marumahoko said she had her own reservations about Samantha’s faithfulness to Tafadzwa but she did not alert her grandson.
“At some point, Samantha went quiet for some days. I decided to call her and surprisingly I heard a voice of a man talking in the background. I could tell that it was not Murengwa. Since then, I had my reservations about her, but I did not say anything to him because he was prepared to marry anytime.”
She regrets not doing much to help Tafadzwa despite noticing red flags all the way.
“He called and told me everything the day he beat her; it was unlike him. Growing up he was neither violent nor did he have temper problems.
“I had to counsel him because he was freaking out. In turn he apologised to me for what he had done and asked me to call his girlfriend on his behalf,” the granny said.
Following his break-up with Dzapata, Murengwa’s relatives convened a meeting at his uncle’s place in Chishawasha as they tried to counsel and advise him to move on. However, Tafadzwa wouldn’t let go of Samantha saying he had spent a fortune of his money and time on her already.
Gogo Marumahoko said she had advised the two to come over to Guruve for counselling, but they did not show up. The next thing the family heard was that Tafadzwa had killed Samantha and was contemplating suicide.
Tafadzwa’s death at a stranger’s house
Gogo Marumahoko revealed that the family was in the dark regarding the circumstances around Tafadzwa’s death. They hope police will shed more information regards where exactly his death took place.
She said they still do not know the owner of the house where his body was found, three weeks after burying him.
“The day he died, his father was here with me. One of his uncles came at 4am to pick us. We both suffer from hypertension and they did not break the news until we got to his uncle’s place.
“What hurts most is that we did not get proper details around his death. We do not know whose premises he died in and whether it happened in the car or at the hospital. We are confused,” said Gogo Marumahoko.
Waiting for the call to appease Samantha’s death
It is said Tafadzwa’s close relatives are still gathered at the homestead three weeks after the burial, constantly checking phones for a call or text message. The calls and texts are not coming.
As per traditional custom, they are waiting to hear the demands the Dzapata family wants as appeasement for her death at Tafadzwa’s hands.
“We could not leave after the burial. We are waiting for Samantha’s family to contact us for the way forward,” revealed Murengwa’s aunt, Bertha Gombedza. “They had indicated that they would call after the holiday (Heroes Day and Defence Forces) but they are yet to.”
Bertha said Dzapata’s family is yet to meet or demand anything from the Murengwas. She added that the Murengwa’s family is eagerly waiting for the engagement and are ready to meet whatever demands will be made.
As per Shona custom, serious problems including multiple deaths could befall the Murengwa family if they do not appease Samantha’s death.
Self-made hustler with ‘clean’ money
Gogo Marumahoko dismissed reports that Tafadzwa had acquired some juju to make him money. She also dismissed as fake the supposed suicide note which was being circulated about him instructing family to get stuff from his car and under the bed.
She said those were all lies or rather social media creations and Tafadzwa was an Apostolic Faith Mission protocols member, who was mourned and buried under the church protocols and rites.
“We watched him work his way up. As he acquired more mone, his character never changed and I refuse to believe akaromba,” she added.
“I often visited Harare and everyday he would leave early in the morning and return late after dusk; he was a hard worker.”
Tafadzwa’s friend identified as Marlon Nyanyiwa also corroborated he was a hard worker, narrating how the two started working together as dealers in 2017.
Nyanyiwa said soon after Murengwa’s graduation from Bindura University, they started business with a few gadgets to “spin”.
“He was goal-oriented and would even risk to invest the little he got into other ventures. We recorded profits and losses together along the way. In 2020, a breakthrough came and Murengwa branched into car dealership. To say he rose because of juju is not true because I was with him along the way,” said Nyanyiwa.
He also gave an insight into the Murengwa and Dzapata’s relationship.
“I knew Samantha, he loved her. Whenever she was around they spent most of their time together. He would spoil her a lot and was ready to settle. I do not know how things turned sour,” Nyanyiwa said.
Nyanyiwa revealed that after the murder of Samantha, Murengwa sent him a ‘weird’ message.
“I got even more disturbed. Although I talked to him, he tricked me into believing that he was alright. However, my sixth sense still convinced me something bad was about to happen.
“When he sent me a message saying he was fleeing the country, I tried to talk him out of it,” Nyanyiwa recalls. “He had become suicidal so I wanted him to at least get arrested instead of committing suicide, but he would not disclose his exact location. Maybe I would have gotten there in time.”
Nyanyiwa was also not aware that his friend had a rifle. Just like Gogo Marumahoko, Nyanyiwa feels Samantha misled Tafadzwa and that her relatives should have declined his gifts as the relationship had turned sour.
The third in a family of four, Boss Pango, as Tafadzwa was affectionately known around the busy Ximex area, attended Mvurwi Primary and Mazowe High Schools.
After graduating from Bindura University, he moved to Harare where he got into his cell phone and car dealership business.