In a tragic twist of events, 8 year old Zimbabwean twins from the Matsiwira family in the Nyanga area, died following a botched mission to recover stray cattle in the mysterious and sacred Mountain.

The boys met their untimely end after they accompanied their father to recover the cattle but got lost during the torrential rain downpour.

Manicaland police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa confirmed the tragedy saying  Shingirai Matsiwira (35) left home his twin sons Tanatswa and Tendai and his nephew Anesu (7).

“While they were still on the mountain, heavy rains fell and they lost their way and spent the night there. In the morning, Shingirai’s wife, Tafadzwa Chitekwa informed other villagers that her husband and sons had not returned home and a search party was despatched,” he said.

When the search party found them, Shingirai, his sons and nephew were all unconscious and were taken to  Nyanga District Hospital.

Tanatswa was pronounced dead on arrival and his twin brother died a bit later around 6am.

Shingirai and Anesu, his nephew survived and are reported to be recuperating at home.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) public relations officer, Mr Tinashe Farawo confirmed the incident and blamed the weather for the twins’ demise.

“We have not been able to physically go to the area and talk to the family to find out what really transpired, but preliminary findings show that the father and his sons went to look for their cattle in the national park, but while they were on the mountain, the weather changed and they lost their way,” he said.

Mount Nyangani is the highest mountain in Zimbabwe at 2 592 metres above sea level and is believed to be sacred.

A lot of people have mysteriously vanished  on Mt Nyangani, never to be seen again.

One of them include tourist, Zayd Dada who vanished on the mountain in 2014 and hasn’t been found despite numerous and extensive searches.

The two daughters of former Finance Minister Mr Tichaendepi Masaya also went missing on the mountain in 1981 and haven’t been found to date.

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