Zimbabwe — A 14-year-old girl died last week while giving birth at a shrine in Bocha, Mutare. Relatives of the late Memory Machaya are yet to come to terms with the way they were treated at Johanne Marange church where Memory was receiving prayers.
Family spokesperson Alice Mabika told H-Metro that Memory’s mother Shy Mabika was denied access to the burial of her daughter where bouncers forced her to remain silent as she mourned her daughter.
“Our hearts are bleeding. We are suffering like this because of a church doctrine.” said Mabika.
“We were denied access to witness the burial of our daughter as bouncers silenced us and warned us over spreading news of the death of our relative.
“Ndiko kunamata kwacho here kwekutarisa mwana achifa izvo zvipatara zvakazara kwese kwese kudai.
“Her life could have been saved had she been rushed to a hospital but they were indoctrinated to the extent of watching our daughter dying while speaking in tongues and beating their trumpets.
“Mwana anonzi akatanga kugwinha achizvirovera musoro pasi panguva yema labour pains.
“Akabva asununguka mwana mukomana iye achibva ashaya akabuda ropa mukanwa nemumhino.
“We are threatened over talking about the death and barred from the burial and this did not go well with us,” said Mabika.
Memory, the last born in a family of six children, was having her first birth.
She was buried at the shrine where she was receiving prayers.
Johanne Marange shrine leaders refused to entertain H-Metro.
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