Zvimba woman accused of attempted murder for allegedly poisoning schoolchildren


CHINHOYI – A woman from Zvimba District, Mashonaland West Province, is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly poisoning schoolchildren's food, according to the National Prosecuting Authority. The 37-year-old accused appeared before the Chinhoyi Magistrates Court on Monday.

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The woman allegedly laced food with poison and instructed her daughter to distribute it among her peers at Matoranhimbe Primary School. 

Six children who consumed the food experienced stomach complications. The accused is set to apply for bail on June 20.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Commissioner Paul Nyathi reported that eight learners fell ill on Friday after consuming rice and soup at the school. 

The students, who began vomiting and complaining of stomach pains, were transported to Murombedzi Rural Hospital for treatment.

Nyathi stated, "Investigations carried out by the police revealed that a fellow school pupil brought the lunch box which contained home-prepared food after being given two lunch boxes by her parent. The parent gave her instructions on how to share the food." 

He added that further details will be provided as the investigation continues.

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