The teenager at the centre of the drama had
been believed to be “dead” for THREE DAYS
before she woke up and got out of the coffin. She ate porridge before drinking water. She later on died for good after being admitted to hospital that same day. The drama around the death of Ashel Abigail Zananda (14) of Sigali Village has since been talk of the area. The teenager had died on 8 June and she woke up three days later, when her “corpse” had been put in a coffin.
The chief, village heads and villagers, who
witnessed the incident, are still perplexed. It
could not be established if a medical practitioner or police had initially certified
the girl dead.
Villagers also told this reporter that the
incident occurred in the same village where
a black bird snatched a toddler and flew
away with him before dumping him alive in
the fields. Gokwe-Nembudziya Member of Parliament, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, confirmed the incident, saying it was indeed shocking.
“The chief and village heads need to help
this family look for solutions from traditional healers. It’s true that the girl died but she woke up, ate and drank some water. The chief and village heads should make a plan as far as this matter is concerned,” said Wadyajena. Cousin to Ashel, Admore Mashonganyika (46),
narrates what happened.
“My sister was complaining of a headache
for about three months. She died at our
aunt’s residence in Empress where she was
being prayed for by a certain prophetess.
After she died, we asked for her body for
burial. Three days later, the prophetess told
us that the girl was alive and asked why we
wanted to bury her alive,” he said.
“Surprisingly after three days, her body was
not cold and rigid as expected of a corpse.
The prophetess from African Apostolic
Church, with the help of other congregants,
prayed and the corpse started making
movements before raising a hand in the
coffin. The girl was then taken out of the
coffin,” he added.
Mashonganyika also said Ashel was taken
out of the coffin and her body was put
against a wall with her hands balancing on
“She was taken out of the coffin and was
placed near the wall which she leaned
against with her hands balancing on both
sides. They cooked porridge for her and she
had five full spoons before drinking half a
cup of water”, said Mashonganyika.