The granting of bail for the prime suspect in the murder of Tapiwa Makore did not sit well with many people. Murehwa villagers as well as the mother of the deceased had to take action by visiting Thanks Makore’s home in Damafalls.
Police officers were called to the scene as angry Murewa villagers stormed Thanks Makore’s Damofalls home. Thanks Makore was on Thursday granted $10 000 bail by the High Court in a case where he is accused of having a hand in the murder of his nephew Tapiwa Makore, 7, for ritual purposes where the head, arms and limps were allegedly taken for ritual purposes.
Riled by the granting of bail to murder suspect Thanks Makore, the Makore extended family on Saturday left their Murewa rural home and besieged his homestead in Damofalls demanding that he be taken back to jail.
The clan was led by the late Tapiwa’s mother Linda Munyori, Makore family members arrived at Damofalls in Ruwa aboard three vehicles with placards, some of them written, “We want way forward taneta nekugara” and “No bail Thanks mhondi”.
Damofalls residents gathered in their support chanting songs against the releasing of Thanks on bail and police moved and controlled the situation. Munyori said their visit was for them to meet Thanks as a family member following his release and discuss the way forward since the murdered Tapiwa’s torso was yet to be buried.
“We are grieving and I am yet to accept that my child’s life ended in such a way but today I saw it better to come and meet the family for the way forward,”
“We are not here to cause any harm since the harm has already been done and some parts of Tapiwa’s body are yet to be found.
“Police picked several people in our village for questioning and they released them but Thanks was arrested and appeared in court; why did the judiciary saw it best to grant him bail?
“Is it a lack of evidence? Won’t they interfere with witnesses and further terrorise villagers and the family? “There is a need to respect the sanctity of life when they grant bail to murder suspects before their cases are heard we begin to fear. “This is the least I can say about this,” she said.