Memory Machaya: a case of stolen identity to conceal a heinous crime

By ZBC Reporter

Details emerging indicate that the minor who died during child birth at an Apostolic sect in Manicaland is in fact Anna Machaya and not Memory as has been reported by different sections of the media.

It is alleged that the parents provided law enforcement agents with identity documents belonging to Memory Machaya who is a cousin to the late in a bid to conceal her age.

The Police has conducted comprehensive investigations culminating in the arrest of Hatirarami Momberume (26) alias Evans Momberume. The minor who died in this case is Anna Machaya, born on the 5th of July 2006 and not Memory Machaya born on the 2nd of January 1999,read a statement released by the ZRP.

It is correct that Anna Machaya died on the 15th of July 2021 and was buried at the shrine after experiencing complications during childbirth Investigations have revealed that the identity card produced belonged to a a namesake of the late minor who is a daughter to Ernest Machaya. This is an uncle related to the late Anna Machaya, added the statement.

Memory Machaya is 22 years old, alive and married to 54 year old Lameck Makonye.

The parents have since been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. They will also face charges of pledging a minor after trying to hand over another minor aged nine years old to the suspect.

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