GWERU socialite Lewis Matizha’s weekend excursion in the scenic Boterekwa environs in Shurugwi ended in tragedy when he drowned in the nearby Mutevekwana River after attempting to swim.
by Stephen Chadenga
The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon. Matizha’s body was only retrieved the following day by the police sub aqua unit.
Matizha was a foreman at Sandvik Engineering, a company contracted to offer engineering services at Unki Mine in Shurugwi.
Although Midlands acting provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende could not be reached for comment yesterday, a member of the police sub aqua unit, who attended the scene confirmed the development.
“It’s true we retrieved the body of the said man [Matizha] from a river near Chachacha after we got a call he had drowned,” said the police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Matizha’s friend, Kenny Pedzisai also confirmed the tragedy.
“When he left Gweru he indicated that he was going to the mine to drop off some tools. I am told he later joined his workmates for a braai near the river after which he dived into the river intending to swim and unfortunately drowned,” Pedzisai said.