Tragedy struck the Kambuzuma community, after a 15 year old boy drowned whilst swimming in the infamous Blue Dam. The boy, who has been identified as Don Kuwana, was a form three pupil at St Mary’s Magdalene in Nyanga.
On that fateful Friday, he went out for a swim with his friends only to meet his demise in the waters.
His body was retrieved by the Police Sub Aqua unit on Saturday morning.
Don’s father was devastated and said he had once warned his son about swimming in the dam, as another teenage boy drowned in December last year
He said, speaking to local publication Hmetro
“I am really hurt by this death and I don’t know what to say over this.
“I told him a number of times not go for swimming at this dam and he would say I hear you daddy.
“What am I going to do now?
“My son is gone and he has been a bright son who was ready for form four next year,” he cried.
The boy’s friends claimed that as he drowned, it looked like he was being grabbed by an unseen force, which they believe is a mermaid.
When they tried to pull him back, they were overpowered.
The late teenager’s family then conducted an overnight ritual on Friday, hoping that their son would be returned after being supposedly grabbed by the mermaids. The family and some members of the apostolic sect, spent the night singing and had placed three staffs (tsvimbo) in the water in anticipation that the boy would return.
The strange thing is, when his body was retrieved , there was blood coming out of his nose, even after spending the night underwater.
Some suggested that he might have been alive upon retrieval, but the sub aqua team got in the way of traditional rituals and he died as a result.
“Vasanganisa zvinhu, the African traditional rituals and the modern ones of the using the sub aqua team. I am sure if they hadn’t called them the boy was going to be saved. This is a sacred pool, he is bleeding meaning that he hadn’t died but was going through the initiation process under water but he only died when the rescue team got into the water,” said one resident.
A lot of residents seemed echo the same sentiments, that the dam is haunted by mermaids.