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Man dies after falling from an avocado tree

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Chitungwiza residents were left dumbfounded after a 42-year-old man recently fell from an avocado tree

Kudakwashe Matadi had climbed up the tree to pick ripe fruit on July 4 at around 4pm, when he lost his footing while climbing down, sustaining serious injuries. When The Herald visited the home in Unit D yesterday, mourners were gathered and arrangements had been made for Matadi to be buried at Unit L Cemetery.

Narrating the tragedy, a close relative, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said initially the deceased’s father-in-law wanted to climb the tree but Matadi insisted that it was his duty as a son-in-law to do so.

"After picking the avocado fruit, Matadi fell from the tree as he climbed down," she said. She said Matadi had earlier said that he could not see his way down as it was getting dark, but before they could answer him, he slipped and fell down. Ms Tambudzai Masarirambi, the deceased’s wife, said on the fateful day she had gone to Mbare and was surprised to hear the shocking news about her husband’s death on her way back. — HR.


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