…funeral wake packed with Nyau dancers
…No social distancing
Shelly Guni, H-Metro Reporter
A 33-year old Chitungwiza Nyau dancer reportedly died after drinking too much beer while he was at his friend’s house.
The man, Lovemore Antonio popularly known in the Nyau sect as Mabhorosi, died on Monday after suspected drinking too much beer.
At his funeral were many Nyau dancers who came to pay their last respect despite the social distance restriction.
He was buried on Thursday at Nyatsime Cemetery and a postmortem report indicated that he died due to too much beer.
His mother Lizy Kuzanga confirmed to H-Metro about the death of her son.
Narrating her ordeal, Lovemore’s mother said she last spoke to her son on Sunday but could not see face to face since she was not feeling well.
“The day my son came I was not feeling well, we only spoke while I was in my bedroom. I asked him to come in and he refused,” she told H-Metro.
“I told him to take his plate of Sadza i had left for him and later on I heard him playing some music before he said he was leaving.
“I asked him to leave behind some money so that we can buy bread to which he gave his nephew to give to me.
Just as he left went outside where I was jokingly telling my neighbor to look for a wife for him.
“Nekuti ndaiziva kuti ukada kudzinga Lovemore ukangotaura zvevakadzi chete anobva aenda.”
“On Monday his grandmother came in with a plate of Sadza which she wanted to give to him but I told her to give it to his father since Lovemore had not come home.
“Kwakumazuva rodoka ndipo pakauya vakomana vaviri vachiti vakuda kuona baba.
“They said they wanted to tell them about Lovemore.
“He came back and told me that he was told that Lovemore was not feeling well.
“Later on, they came back and took his ID and they told me that they wanted to take him to the clinic,”
“He came back again and started to look for some receipts, I asked again what they were looking for and they said they wanted some receipts, instead they were busy looking for the funeral parlor card and wanted to take him to the mortuary but I was never told.
“Ndakatanga kunzwa hana kurova as last born wangu akanditi hana yake yaisarova nokudaro ndaisafana kuvhunduka.
“Ipapo ndakamboda kuti ndirare sezvo kwakanga kwatova kumanheru.”
Kuzanga said the news was then broke to her after the husband returned during the night.
“His father came back later on and that’s when he told me about my son’s death.
“I asked him why he never told me earlier on, and he couldn’t respond.
“Bvandabvunza kuti afa neyi, zvikanzi angowonekwa akafa kumba kweshamwari yake.
“That all I know about my son’s death until now,” she said.
However, Kuzanga said she ia still to come to terms with her son’s death.
“Kusvika parizvino zvinhu zvikundibata, asi dai parikuti ndati simbei, makumbo haasati ane simba ndizive chakadya mwana ikozvino ndakangogara. Ndakangogara handizive kuti kufa kwaMwari here kuti idoro here.”
Asked about the Nyau dancers at the funeral during Covid-19 she said they just came to pay their last respect to their friend.
Kuzanga described her son as someone who was jovial.
“Mwana wangu aive munhu aifarira hake doro rake ririko mazuvano iri. Mwana wangu aive munhu ainzwisisa. Handina chandingati ndakambotadzirwa naye pahupenyu kusvika andisiya.
“Aiva munhu anoda hake zvekufara. Kutio nditi ndakambonzwa kuti atuka mai veapa kana kurwisana nemunhu handina.
“I used to take him from wherever he is supposed he gets drunk. I will bring him home myself.
“Shamwari zhinji dzake dzaive dziri dzengoma (Nyau).
“He joined Nyau when he was 11 years. They told me that my son was a good dancer.
“I asked him why he joined before telling us and he only laughed.
“So since then he has been in the culture up until his death,” she said.
Kuzanga thanked the Nyau dancers for coming in their numbers to give her son a befitting burial.
She said Lovemore was always telling people that on his burial people will come no-matter what.
“Vanhu vengoma dzake vakanga vakazara, zvekuti ini ndaive ndiri pakati pekuchema asi nekuonawo zvandaiona nemaziso angu, paiita kunge pafiwa napresident asi ari mwana wangu.”
Lovemore’s maternal grandmother, Enia Tavatya was the one who questioned the friend and his mother.
She however said their statements were a bit contradicting.
“The friend narrated to me what really transpired nekuti ndakati tichitaura nechekwedu kuHurungwe tinoti ingozi yamaisirwa mumusha kuti munhu afire musiri mumba make.
“The friend told me that Lovemore came to his place while very drunk and even failed to open the door. He said he later on opened it for him so that he can sleep.
“He said Lovemore asked for some drinking water to which he gave him.
“The friend said when he went to check for him later on, he was no-responsive.”