Memory Machaya Not The Pregnant Minor Who Passed Away – Police

Memory Machaya is alive, according to information released by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) following investigations into the alleged death of a 14-year-old pregnant girl at a Johanne Marange Apostolic sect shrine.

Police investigations have uncovered that the identity of the late teenager is Anna Machaya, and not Memory Machaya as has been reported. The late Anna Machaya, born on the 5th July 2006, was married to Evans Hatirarami Momberume (26). Her cousin Memory, born on 2nd January 1999, is alive and married to Lameck Makonye alias Sigodhla (54) in Mhondoro.

According to the statement on the arrest of Hatirarami Momberume, Police confirmed that the minor who died, is actually Anna Machaya, born on 5th July 2006 and not Memory Machaya born on 2nd January 1999. The statement also put to rest the mystery surrounding the minor’s burial place.

"It is correct that Anna Machaya died on 15th July 2021 and was buried at the shrine after experiencing complications while giving birth," read part of the statement.

However, this is in contrast to what the Jahanne Marange Church spokesman, Mr Nyasha Marange is alleged to have said.

According to Mr Marange, "There is no graveyard at our shrine. If a congregant dies during our gatherings, arrangements are made to ferry that person’s body to their place of origin.

“The shrine is only used for gatherings and Memory’s body was not buried in the shrine as alleged by her family. We do not have a secret graveyard at the shrine as this violates the country’s laws.”

The released police report also confirmed that the police are pressing criminal charges against Anna Machaya’s father, Edmore Machaya (45) and mother Shy Mabika (36) for obstructing the course of justice after they openly lied to the Police that Anna Machaya was born on 2nd January 1999.

"The mother went on to give Police investigators a national identity card in a bid to prove that she was born on 2nd January 1999. This was false", read another part of the statement.

"Investigations have revealed that the identity card produced to the police belonged to a namesake of the late minor who is a daughter of Ernest Machaya. This is an uncle to the late Anna Machaya."

However, it wa through school records in Mhondoro that the Police actually proved that the late Anna Machaya was born on 5th July 2006 to Edmore Machaya and Shy Mabika.

"The Police has obtained the correct birth certificate copies in respect of Memory Machaya (22) and the late Anna Machaya (15). These are two different people with different mothers and fathers", went on the report.

"Hatirarami Momberume is facing charges of rape or alternatively contravening section 70 of the Code."

"The late Anna Machaya’s parents will face charges of pledging a minor after trying to hand over another minor aged nine years to the suspect."

"Investigations are in progress with a view of unravelling all the facts in this case."

"The Zimbabwe Republic Police urges all Zimbabweans to be law-abiding citizens and engage in lawful activities."

"Anyone who tries to interfere with Police investigations will face the full wrath of the law."

Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.


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