ZIMBZBWE – A couple from Nyamandlovu was burnt beyond recognition after forgetting to blow out a candle that they had been using on their way home from a beer binge.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said Sipho Sibanda (53) and his wife Adelaide Tshuma (48) bodiesâ€™ were found on Sunday morning by a neighbour who had come to check on them.
Matabeleland North police provincial spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda said the coupleâ€™s neighbour noticed that their roof had caved in and household property had been reduced to ashes. Said Banda:
On the 20th of August around 9 PM, Sipho Sibanda and his wife Adelaide Tshuma were drinking beer in the nearby village, they were later passed by two villagers namely Mr Banda Chuku a male adult and Mr Maxwell Nkomo.
Sibanda and Tshuma were evidently drunk and carrying a candle going to their place of residence.
On August 21 at around 7 AM, Chuku visited Sibanda and found the roof of their bedroom fallen inside.
The iron sheets were blackened with smoke and the room full of ashes.
â€¦ No foul play is suspected and the necessity for post-mortem was waived by Tsholotsho resident magistrate Mr Victor Mpofu.
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