The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has finally released some of the much-awaited DNA forensic results for the late Tapiwa Makore who was murdered in September last year for ritual purposes.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has released a statement yesterday stating that some of the remains they retrieved belonged to Tapiwa Makore’s remains.
In the statement, the police revealed that the DNA tests which were conducted by AIBST DNA Testing Centre and the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) matched the jaw, tooth, and limb of seven-year-old Tapiwa.
The remains were part of the several skulls that were recovered from Tapiwa Makore Senior’s toilet last December as ZRP intensified its search for the missing body parts
Meanwhile, following the release of the DNA results, the family has rejected the DNA results and is requesting for a second test.
Tapiwa’s mother Linda Munyori yesterday told ZBC News that it was impossible for the head to belong to Tapiwa given it was found about three days after his death but did not look new.
She called for further DNA tests as the family is disagreeing with the DNA results.
“It is true that we do not agree with the results. The head didn’t have a scalp and looked a bit old, and resembling that of a 12-year-old or 13-year-old child. Our child was seven years old,” she said.
She revealed two doctors have already concurred that it was not their son’s head.
Following his murder, some of the body parts like the left palm were sent to NUST for DNA testing, and three months after the results were released and they confirmed that they belonged to Tapiwa.
After the DNA results were released, Tapiwa’s family had set the 9th of January as the burial date for his remains. The family had decided to bury his remains without the skull but the stiffened national covid-19 lockdown derailed their plans and the burial was postponed indefinitely.
However, following these recent developments, the family is now planning to bury Tapiwa’s remains on the 27th of March 2021, and a local traditional leader, Chief Mangwende is set to preside over the burial.