Mother’s grave ‘uncovers’ remains of long dead son

30Dec 2018
James Lanka
Guardian On Sunday
Mother’s grave ‘uncovers’ remains of long dead son

THE remains of a retired teacher, Elison Mcharo (80), believed to have been brutally killed by his wife and son in 2006 allegedly to get their hands on his retirement benefits, have been found in Mpinji village, Mwamba-Miamba ward in Same district, Kilimanjaro region.

Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander Hamisi Issah told reporters here that the discovery was made while digging the grave for the late Mcharo’s mother who passed away recently.

Mcharo is said to have been killed by his assailants in 2006 soon after he was paid his retirement benefits and was believed to have been buried in an undisclosed location in his farm.

The RPC said after killing him, the two suspects buried the body in a sitting position in his farm while reporting to the police that he had gone missing.

He said the remains of the late Mcharo were found on Monday this week as the family was digging the grave for their deceased mother.

It was claimed that Mcharo’s mother had instructed the family to bury her close to where her son was buried, and in a bewildering development, they were surprised to find out that the place she had indicated turned out to be where her late son was buried.

According to the police, the remains were later exhumed and after investigation it was established that they matched the late Mcharo’s identity.

“As we removed the remains from the ground, the family identified his blue neck-tie, a pair of trousers and a shirt that were also identified by the deceased’s relatives, friends and neighbours to be clothes which belonged to the late Mcharo,” he said.

The police are now holding the wife of the deceased, Nasemba Mcharo (80), a peasant, who has allegedly confessed to the killing of her husband in collaboration with her son, Orgenes Mcharo (49), also a teacher residing in Turiani, Morogoro region.

The remains of the deceased, according to the police, are being preserved at the police forensic bureau for more scientific identification.

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