Woman dies during river baptism after being grabbed by ‘mermaids’

In a tragic turn of events, a 26 year old Seke woman drowned in Manyame River, Zimbabwe  during a cleansing ceremony.

The people who were with her believed that she had been grabbed by a mermaid thus they didn’t try to rescue her.

Rutendo Nhemachena is believed to have been possessed by a mermaid spirit before she turned violent and jumped into the river where the leading prophet, Isaac Manyemba, 50, was cleansing men and women with his aide only identified as Mai Manyika or Madzimai Jennifer.

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Manyemba and Manyika were reportedly overpowered by  Nhemachena who plunged to her death. 

Manyemba confirmed the tragic event saying Nhemachena overpowered him and seemed like she was possessed by a mermaid spirit.

    “The two convinced me and I led them to the river where we attended to a number of men and women when Nhemachena suddenly came into the river possessed.

    “She pushed all of us and we failed to handle her before she immersed me and disappeared into the water.

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He said they believed she was abducted by a mermaid and they decided to wait for 3pm but she failed to show up

    “We were comforted by one woman who claimed that her child was once taken by a mermaid when he was seven years old and returned from water at the age of 14.

Another person told them that her child had been grabbed by a mermaid as well and came back after one week.

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    “Pakataurwa zvakawanda nezve vanhu vainzi vakatorwa nenjuzu vakazodzoka uye iye mufi uyu hanzi akambopinda akazobuda after 3 hours.

Manyemba then informed  the Mayambara village head why advised him to take the issue to Chitungwiza police station. 

Nhemachena family spokesperson Patience Gwebede  denied suggestions that the deceased was abducted by a mermaid.

She said the deceased was going to be buried in Chihota after a post mortem.


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