By Regis Mhako
A Chinhoyi mother reportedly killed her two children aged eight and six years today, before attempting to commit suicide in Cherima suburb.
She is said to have given the children unknown lethal tablets.
The incident was discovered this afternoon at the family’s rented lodgings after fellow occupants could not account for them since morning and had to break open the door to the family’s room where they found the children dead.
A fellow tenant, Portia Makasa broke open the door after failing to locate the family hours after waking up.
“The husband called us and gave us instructions to break open the doors and windows after he failed to get hold of the family. We obliged and we were shocked to find two lifeless bodies of the children with the mother still struggling for life. It was apparent the family had taken some tablets. The husband left this place yesterday(Monday) for Harare,” said Makasa.
“I became suspicious when I realised I had not seen the mother and her children up till 2.00 pm. That’s when I also asked my daughter in law to check. The lady came here at a young age and even wed her husband while staying here and we have never heard of any marital problems between them,” said Gogo Emilda Gondo.
The mother was still alive and continued taking the tablets even as efforts were being made to save her.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the mother could have died later on, on admission at Chinhoyi Hospital.
The woman’s husband is said to have left the home for his work station in Harare yesterday and there are no indications of known domestic problems between the couple.