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Livingstone Sunhwa death inquest underway

Story by Theophilus Chuma

THE family of 19-year-old St Mathias Tsonzo High school student, Livingstone Sunhwa, who disappeared in December 2021 and was later found dead seven months later, is praying for justice.

This comes as an inquest has been instituted into the mysterious death of the boy.

Following the opening of an inquest on the death of the boy on the 17th of February this year, the family is still hopeful of finding answers to what really transpired.

ZBC News got in touch with Livingstone’s mother, Selina Tadya, who had just attended a closed-door inquest into her son’s death held at Mutasa Magistrates Court this Wednesday.

Ms Tadya said, ‘‘My son’s disappearance and subsequent death is one of the most tragic and horrifying incidents to ever happen to our family. We are going through so much pain and we can only find closure if we at least know what happened and if justice is served. What is more painful is that some school authorities are not showing either remorse or sympathy following the incident.’’

Even Livingstone’s sister, Pride remains in shock following the unfortunate incident that befell their family.

Pride noted, ‘‘I last saw him without shoes and appearing as if he was feeling cold. I don’t have answers and I can’t describe the pain we are in.’’

Sunhwa allegedly disappeared on 6 December 2021 following his release from police custody, where he was interrogated on allegations of breaking into the school tuckshop and stealing groceries.

His remains were found on 24 June 2022 in a valley-like stream a few kilometres away from his school.

Although a leaked internal Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) memo claimed that the St Mathias Tsonzo High school pupil could have committed suicide, there are suspicions that the boy could have been murdered.

ZBC News also spoke to Livingstone’s former Geography teacher, Mr Douglas Karadzandima, who is now based in the United States, to give an insight into the incident.

“I suspect that the boy could have died after being tortured,” he said.

A total of 36 witnesses including Sunhwa’s family members, the people who were there on the day of Livingstone’s disappearance, police officers and some school authorities will give evidence to the ongoing inquest.

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