Ministry matters

MP questions Home Office lethargy to investigate Livingstone Sunhwa murder

By Mary Taruvinga I Senior Reporter

MUTASA (MP) Central MP Trevor Saruwaka has raised concerns over delays in finalizing inquiries into the saga of St Mathias Tsonzo High School student Livingstone Sunhwa who allegedly died at the hands of his teachers in December 2020.

The student disappeared from his school in Mutasa district after being assaulted by his headmaster Godfrey Mbona and other teachers on allegations of breaking into the school shop.

The last time he was seen alive was when he was handed over to Mutasa police, before controversially vanishing.

“Mr. President, you may be aware of the story and I ask you to imagine the traumatic experience, Mrs. Selina Tadya, the mother of Livingstone Sunhwa, the 19-year-old student who disappeared on December 6 2021,” MP Sarukwa said. Parliament this week.

“The traumatized mother went through a lot in her unsuccessful efforts to find her missing son; second, in his quest to obtain the cooperation and assistance of the police and the Department of Education in establishing what really happened to Livingstone; third, to find out if the human remains that were discovered on June 24, 2022 are indeed those of Livingstone due to delays in the conclusion of DNA investigations.


Authorities were reluctant to have the matter investigated when there was compelling evidence against Livingstone’s manager.

Remains believed to be his were found about a mile from the school recently after socialites intervened, but to date post-mortem and DNA results have been inconclusive.

Saruwaka said it was unfair considering the boy’s mother would never be at peace until the case was finalized.

“This case made headlines via social media in May 2021. May I request, through your President, that the Home Secretary come to the House and tell the nation why they are putting a eternity to resolve this matter, given its seriousness. What difficulties do they encounter? What strategies are they adopting and when will the deal be done? »

In June this year, police claimed that Sunhwa could have committed suicide.

This followed the discovery of remains thought to be his in a bush, about a kilometer from the school.

Police discovered a piece of navy blue cloth and a shoelace were found hanging from a tree near the scene where suspected human bones and a skull were found strewn about, suggesting the boy may have hanged himself.