Two die in celebrations

Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi

Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter

TWO children were found dead following Christmas Boxing Day celebrations with their neighbour in Banket.

The two, aged 8 and 11, are  suspected to have eaten contaminated food at a gathering where they shared food with their neighbour.


National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident saying investigations to ascertain the real cause of death have since begun.



“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm death of two children aged 8 and 11 who had attended a gathering with their neighbour for Boxing Day celebrations in Banket,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.


“The two were found dead with some substances frothing from their nose and mouth. Preliminary investigations are pointing to food poisoning.


“Investigations with a view to find the cause of death have since begun.


“Zimbabwe Republic Police is disturbed by continued disregard of Covid-19 regulatory measures by members of the public.


“Covid-19 pandemic is real and taking lives daily so as ZRP we continue to warn members of the public especially those gathering to celebrate that they must be responsible and respect their life ahead of such celebrations.



“The Banket incident is so sad that lives of children were lost due to failure to be responsible and avoid gatherings as a measure set to curb the spread of Covid-19,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.