By Tinashe Karimazondo
Fearless and shameless thieves are now targeting tombstones and ornaments at graveyards as crime rates continue to soar.
In a recent incident, thieves in Chitungwiza ravaged the grave of Gertrude Mapuranga at the Unit L cemetery in Seke.
The thieves who are still at large made off with the granite rock that covers the body of the grave leaving only the headstone.
Mapuranga family spokesperson Sofia Mapuranga said they were shocked to learn of the desecration of Gertrude’s grave.
“We discovered the mishap when we visited her grave,” she said.
“It is devastating that someone has the nerve to temper with our relative’s resting place.”
Mapuranga posted on her Facebook page asking God to intervene in the issue.
” And so they decided to take it ana mbabva Mwari ave nemi,” she wrote.
Reports indicate thieves resell the granite stones to tombstone sculptors.
Sculptor Tinotenda Maruruma, ”Tombstone prices range from US$400 to over US$2 000 depending on the size and design.”
This has resulted in criminals opting to rob the dead in the graveyards where sometimes they connive with caretakers.