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‘Resurrected’ Elliot’s death: The facts. Devastated grandmother gropes for closure

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Thabiso Proud Mlanje

While he got the world in hysteria and shock for the past weeks for being resurrected and dying again, all that Thabiso Proud Mlanje who is popularly known as “Elliot” or Brighton Moyo has left are deep wounds among his family back in Zimbabwe that they do not know when and how they will be healed.

Thabiso Proud Mlanje who was 28 years old at the time of his death shocked his family because soon after they buried him at his late father’s homestead in Dandanda Village in Lupane under Chief Mabhikwa they were summoned by the police who revealed to them that he was wanted for fraud in connection with his “resurrection” back in South Africa.

“We didn’t know that he had died and resurrected. Trouble started after the funeral because the police arraigned us and told us that he had been wanted for fraud,” said Thabiso’s father-in-law, Bernard Mayendayenda Sibanda.

A grief-stricken Bernard said his son-in-law had caused him so much trouble.

“I am still in great distress because of what my son-in-law did. I have had to deal with the police concerning his whole resurrection scheme and now since he is dead I have to answer questions I don’t know. It causes me pain because I didn’t know anything about what happened in South Africa. This man has put me and my family in so much trouble”.

Thabiso’s grandmother Emily Moyo said it hurt her to see her grandson arriving home in a coffin after spending seven years without communicating with her.

“I raised my grandson single-handedly because both his parents died in Harare when he was young. I only managed to send him to Gegeme Primary School but he could not go further with his studies because of financial constraints. That is how he decided to go to South Africa to make a living. Now what pains me is that it’s been seven years since he went to South Africa and he had never set foot home or contacted me in those seven years. I only got to see him as a corpse. We buried him right next to his grandfather because when he was sick he kept telling his in-laws that he wants to lie next to his grandfather.

“At the time of his death he was constantly vomiting blood, it was such a painful death. I wish someone could properly explain to me what was happening in South Africa because I hear he was once dead for three days and was resurrected by a pastor,” said Moyo.

It is reported that all this drama is believed to have started sometime in February when Thabiso Mlanje fell ill. Even after he was resurrected he did not properly recover. To make things worse soon after the resurrection miracle Thabiso and Pastor Alph Lukau had a fraud case CR 506/ 02 /19 opened at Jeppes police station in South Africa. The two were jointly accused of performing a fake miracle.

Thabiso Proud Mlanje was scared of the police case so whenever his wife Simelweyinkosi Sibanda took him to the hospital he would sneak out.

But his health kept on deteriorating so Simelweyinkosi then decided to bring him back home in Zimbabwe on 8 March.

The couple stayed at Bernard’s homestead in Village 2 Insuza under Chief Mtshane.

As each day passed Thabiso’s health kept on worsening so the family took him to the Mbembesi Clinic in Insuza on 23 March.

The late Thabiso Proud Mlanje, aka Elliot Moyo’ s grandmother Emily Moyo, says she is devastated by the death of her grandson whom she saw arriving home in a coffin after seven years without a word from him.

“I raised my grandson single-handedly after his parents both died in Harare when he was still young. I only managed to send him to school up to Grade Seven at Gegeme Primary School. He couldn’t go further with his studies because of financial constraints. That is when he decided to go to South Africa to make a living,” said Moyo.

She said what pained her most was that for the past seven years, Thabiso has been in South Africa he never communicated with her.

“What greatly pains me is that it’s been seven years since he went to South Africa and he never returned home or contacted me in those seven years.

“I only got to see him as a corpse. We buried him right next to his grandfather because when he was sick he kept telling his in-laws that he wants to lie next to his grandfather,” she said with tears down her cheeks.

She added: “At the time of his death I was told he was constantly vomiting blood; it was such a painful death. I wish someone could properly explain to me what was happening in South Africa because I heard he was once died and was resurrected by a pastor.”

Villagers in Dandanda also expressed shock on how Thabiso’s dead body arrived in the village.

“We were so shocked to see a speeding car with a coffin in broad daylight when the sun was so hot. In our village, it’s not allowed to transport a dead body in the afternoon.

“So we were just perplexed and wondered what could these people be hiding,” said a granny who identified herself as MaNdlovu.

A number of villagers said they were also unaware that Thabiso became an overnight “celebrity” after the “resurrection” stunt.

“It was shocking when we heard during his funeral wake that Thabiso Proud Mlanje once died and resurrected in South Africa and that the world knew about it except for us. I guess we never heard of the resurrection due to the fact that network is poor this side so we rarely communicate.

“The other thing that also shocked us that the car carrying the coffin had only three people inside and it was speeding as if they didn’t want fellow villagers to find out more about the dead person,” said one villager who spoke on condition of anonymity.B-Metro

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Vimbai Chapungu becomes first black to be crowned Miss London

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Zimbabwean-born Vimbai Chapungu has been crowned Miss London 2019 and this will be the first time a black woman has held the coveted title.
Vimbai, a Masters student in London, has an incredible passion for learning about the world and as a result, took part in the Miss England beauty pageant and represented London.

Since winning the coveted title on Friday, Chapungu has been dominating global news headlines for her groundbreaking achievement.

Taking to Instagram, she has expressed gratitude to her supporters. “I am overwhelmed by the support and love shown by the people in Africa. I am proud to be from the continent and hope to represent you all well.”

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Olinda Chapel and Tytan in stormy breakup

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Olinda Chapel and Njabulo Nkomo

After a stormy month with his wife Olinda Chapel, Njabulo Nkomo has called time on their marriage, hinting at domestic abuse.

Olinda (35) accused Tytan Skhokho(29) of cheating with her best friend identified as Fungai last month.

In a statement yesterday, the Mukoko hit-maker who is now based in the United Kingdom where he was staying with Olinda said more details would be given in due course. He said in the meantime he has engaged the police and lawyers.

“Our relationship has sadly ended due to a catalogue of events that took place in July 2019. I will be able to talk fully about the details of the reason why our relationship has ended after the completion of police investigations and various legal proceedings,” wrote Tytan.

He said he is receiving counselling from domestic abuse services and asked the public to pray for him, his wife and their daughter Nandi.

“I’m receiving support from a strong legal team and domestic abuse services. I want to kindly ask that my family, friends and the public bear with me as I go through a very challenging and trying season in my life. Please keep Olinda, myself and Nandi in your prayers,” he said.

Tytan went on to remove all pictures of Olinda and him on his Instagram page leaving those with his daughter and friends. Olinda has done the same.

Now that it seems that the two have split, questions arise as to what will happen to the tattoo of Olinda’s name that Tytan etched on his forearm last year.

Posting an image of the inked hand on his social media pages, Tytan wrote: “What in the name of Uzumba did I just do? From today onwards Olinda, you’re not allowed to even dream of anyone else other than me. Even if I die, you’ll remain single till we meet again.”

People had warned him that the day will come that the two will divorce and removing the tattoo would be expensive.

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Sibusiso Moyo ‘attacked’ in London

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Foreign affairs minister, Sibusiso Moyo, was attacked outside the Royal Institute of International Affairs, commonly known as Chatham House, in London on Friday.

SB Moyo is in England leading a Zimbabwean delegation on a four-day re-engagement programme to strengthen bilateral relations and to woo investment for Zimbabwe. His visit comes at a time when Zimbabwe is also seeking readmission to the Commonwealth.

When he left Chatham House in the afternoon, a group of Zimbabwean protesters charged at the minister and his security detail.

One of the protesters managed to spray Moyo with water from a bottle as he attempted to get into his designated vehicle. At that point, the minister was whisked away in another vehicle.

A Zimbabwean academic based in London, Dr Admore Tshuma, said the protesters were MDC Alliance supporters and called for the Zimbabwean embassy in London to do something about the embarrassing incident.

“Foreign affairs minister SB Moyo being attacked by MDC supporters in London today. This must be condemned. The Zimbabwe embassy must get the perpetrators arrested. The UK is a democracy with law and order no matter what,” he said.

Another Zimbabwean in London, Patricia Chinyoka, said the minister’s security team almost hurt two women but they were saved by other protesters who came to their rescue.

“It’s very sad indeed to note that Moyo’s security man lashed out at two female protesters. He could’ve hurt them very badly if others hadn’t come to their aid,” she said.

Moyo arrived in London at a time when there is growing disgruntlement back home about the economy. However, the retired army lieutenant-general, who announced the November 2017 coup and is also a trained diplomat, told the meeting that Zimbabwe needed to work with Britain to improve its former colony’s prospects.

“We agreed at the time that Zimbabwe and the UK must be partners in unlocking whatever perception of Zimbabwe the Americans had. The reforms we are undertaking are for the benefit of our people. Sanctions are outdated and don’t serve either Zimbabwe or the US,” he said at a meeting with potential business investors from Britain.TimesLive

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