A Cowdray Park family in Bulawayo says it is being haunted by its 22-year-old daughter, who died in a car crash nearly three months ago as they constantly “see” her in the house.
The family wants the driver of a pirate taxi their daughter boarded when she met her fate to come and apologise to them as demanded by the spirit of their child, which says she was “killed before her time”.
Samantha Lwazilwenkosi Nkomo (22) died at Mpilo Central Hospital after a Toyota Granvia she had boarded on the fateful day overturned along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road killing four people on the spot near Insuza in July.
Nkomo’s distraught father Mr Willard Nkomo (63) and his wife Pamela visited the Chronicle yesterday and narrated their ordeal.
They said they wish to meet Mr Marco Mabika from Gutu in Masvingo, who was driving the Toyota Granvia (AND 2308) so that they can perform rituals to appease the spirit of their deceased daughter.
“She comes to us in dreams and in visions every day asking why the person who caused the accident is not coming to apologise. She also complains that she was killed before her time. She appears to me, my wife and her sister. It is tormenting us,” said Mr Nkomo.
He said they are now being forced to take drugs for them to sleep.
Mr Nkomo said they do not want any payment from the Mabika family but want just to perform rituals.
“Sometimes we just hear her voice complaining about her death, we hear screams and she asks us what we have done to address her death. I am therefore asking the relatives of Mabika to come forward so that we can perform some rituals and put her restless spirit to sleep,” said Mr Nkomo.
He said they have not been able to get assistance from police to locate the Mabika family but they believe the family resides in Bulawayo.
A member of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association (Zinatha), David Nduna Mlilo, said he is familiar with such demands made by deceased persons.
In most cases he said the deceased’s spirit would be seeking to avenge.
Mr Mlilo said it is critical for the driver’s family to meet the Nkomos for rituals to put Lwazilwenkosi to eternal rest.
“Such issues are possible because when the deceased does that to her family, she would be asking for permission and powers to revenge against the other family. However, I don’t promote generational blood shedding so I am therefore requesting the family of the driver to meet the family of the deceased so that they make their daughter powerless and sleep peacefully,” said Nduna Mlilo.