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23 Oct 2018

Commotion as Senior pastor commits suicide after killing his 2 daughters

A 36-year-old senior Pastor has killed himself after poisoning his 11-year-old daughter, Shalom and Panashe, (7).

It was gathered that Pastor Precocious Mpofu of the Eagle Life Assembly, who hailed from Nkulumane, Zimbabwe poisoned his two daughters before killing himself in their home in Yeoville Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Chronicle reports that they were buried at Luveve cemetery in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Saturday, the same day their bodies were found in their home.

The pastor reportedly forced his two daughters to drink a drainage cleaning chemical before also taking it, citing marital problems.

The deceased and his wife Ms Chido Chipangura, had recently separated but she was still living in South Africa.

Chipangura family members said they were yet to come to terms with the death of the children.

“As a family we are very sad. We have lost two children and we are still in mourning. We thank the family, friends and neighbours for their support at this time,” said a family representative who spoke to The Chronicle.

The late Pastor Mpofu allegedly left a suicide note in which he stated that he was facing a lot of problems, most of them in his marriage.

He also allegedly said there were some people who were stalking him and mentioned four people together with their contact details.

Pastor Mpofu however, did not give reasons the individuals were stalking him.

The now deceased also sent a lot of messages to his family on the fateful day although he did not mention his intentions to kill his children and commit suicide.
He however, gave a hint when he directed how his property should be shared.

The family members told The Chronicle at their family home in Nkulumane suburb last Friday that from the information they received, the tragedy could have happened on Monday, October 15, between 2PM and 4PM after Pastor Mpofu had just returned from collecting his children from school. The deceased’s father, Mr Sipho Mpofu, said:

“I am reliably informed residents at his apartment saw him carrying each of the daughters on his shoulders into their flat at around 2PM.

“At 2:40PM he sent his sister here in Bulawayo a WhatsApp message saying one of his daughters, Shalom, had died. Exactly 10 minutes later, he sent another message saying his second daughter had also passed on.

“This puzzled his sister who was trying to call him to understand what exactly he was trying to say.”

He said when she tried to text him back, messages were no longer being delivered and the sister phoned Ms Chipangura telling her to go and check on her husband as he was texting strange messages.

“Ms Chipangura dashed to the flat only to find three bodies. The kids’ bodies were neatly laid in bed between blankets while Precocious’ body was on the floor,” he said.

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