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Drama as Kwekwe family demonstrates for lobola

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A Kwekwe family staged a demonstration outside the house of an illegal gold panner suspected to have made their daughter pregnant,

 They were beating “gure dance drums” and demanding that the man pay lobola. Police confirmed the incident that happened last Thursday in the K Section of Amaveni.

Witnesses said 19 members of a Banda family descended at the house of the illegal gold panner known as Dougie in Amaveni suburb and camped just outside the gate.

While at the gate, the Bandas lit a big fire using logs and started beating gure (zvinyau) wamukuru drums while some of the male members did some light gure dance routines much to the amusement of residents who had quickly gathered to witness the drama unfolding.

Both gure wamukuru and chihodha are traditional dances common in Malawi and Zambia.

“The Banda family are well-known in Amaveni as masters of the traditional gure and chihodha dancing. They demanded that Dougie welcome them in his house to discuss how he intended to pay lobola for their daughter. They said they were not going to leave unless Dougie let them into his house. They threatened to stage a pungwe if they were not addressed,” said Mrs Thandiwe Ndlovu who lives in the same neighbourhood.

Mrs Ndlovu said the Bandas arrived at Dougie’s house at about 6am and grouped just outside the gate creating a situation reminiscent of a funeral.
“The female members were singing while the men danced. They were singing funeral songs at times. The would-be mother-in-law then started pestering Dougie, demanding that he should either have sex with her or take her daughter as his wife. She followed him everywhere, including to the bathroom,” she said.

Dougie is said to have managed to escape and rushed to Amaveni Police Station where he made a report. The police came at around 10 pm and took the drum- beating Banda family members to the police station.

Another resident who identified himself as Mr Moyo said the Banda family was not amused by Dougie’s action of sending their daughter back to the family house. He said Dougie and the woman had a misunderstanding involving cash which went missing.

“Apparently the woman had stolen $1 500 which she claimed she used to buy three pots and a few plates. Dougie then asked her where she had put the rest of the money but she could not explain prompting Dougie to chase her away,” said Mr Moyo. He said Dougie, who is 20 years older than the woman, has another wife.

Among the family members were the father of the pregnant woman, his four wives and their children. The Bandas live in a different part of K Section.
A neighbour who refused to be named said the young woman had eloped to Dougie on two previous occasions but would return to her parents’ house whenever she squandered some money.

Police confirmed the drum-beating incident which has become the talk of Amaveni suburb. Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Patrick Chademana said the Banda family told the police that there was nothing sinister in their drum-beating as it was part of their culture.

“They said they often do that whenever one of their daughters is divorced or if they are pushing for lobola. It is part of their culture. The family had gone to demand lobola and the man felt they were demanding too much and asked them to take their daughter. We advised the Banda family to seek redress at the civil court and they have since done that,” he said.


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