Ray Bande Senior Reporter
A 26-year-old lawfully wedded Mutare woman failed to stomach the humiliation of her extra-marital affair being exposed and decided to cut her life short following her husband’s discovery of some Valentine’s Day presents from her boyfriend.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa, confirmed the death of Locadia Gumbeze (26) who was married to Edson Gumbeze (25).
Locadia died last Saturday at House Number 2652, Chikanga Phase Two in Mutare. Ironically, the incident occurred barely six months after their white wedding which was held in October last year.
“On February 19 at Number 2652, Chikanga Phase Two in Mutare, Locadia Gumbeze had a misunderstanding with her husband, Edson Gumbeze, with Edson accusing her of infidelity.
“Edson left their home and went to a supermarket in the same suburb. When he returned home, he found his wife lying on the bed with foam coming out of her mouth and nose.
“Police attended the scene and recovered an empty packet of some tablets. The body was instantly taken to hospital and the post mortem is yet to be carried out. Investigations into the matter are still in progress,” said Inspector Kakohwa.
Inspector Kakohwa urged members of the public to solve their differences amicably.
“We sincerely urge people to try to solve their differences amicably than resorting to suicide.
“The sad thing is that we continue witnessing loss of lives even when things could have been talked over amicably,” said Inspector Kakohwa.
However, sources close to the couple told The Weekender that the two had an altercation over Valentine’s Day presents that Locadia received from her boyfriend.
Happier times, Edson (second from left) and his late wife, Locadia (right) during their wedding in October last year
The husband later discovered them and when she was asked about them, Locadia failed to give a satisfactory answer.
This, they said, did not go down well with the husband and an altercation ensued leading to the wife failing to stand the impending humiliation of having her illicit affair exposed, thus resorting to suicide.
“We understand that the two had an altercation over Valentine’s Day presents meant for Locadia from her boyfriend that the husband discovered.
“The wife could not stomach the impending humiliation of having her illicit affair exposed, thus resorted to commit suicide,” said the source.
Repeated efforts to get a comment from Edson were fruitless at the time of going to press as the mobile number provided kept being answered by someone else, with the receiver maintaining it was a wrong number.