There was a commotion at a Mutare city lodge when two thigh vendors pounced on each other in a heated argument over a suspected abortion case.
The incident is said to have happened at No. 143 Third Street, popularly known as Green Gate Lodge in Mutare.
The two thigh vendors, Rachel Paradzai and Lindiwe Ncube traded accusations of aborting and dumping a foetus outside the lodge.
A search by the police in the duo’s rooms yielded blood-stained clothes under 22-year-old Paradzai’s mattress as well as a blood-stained bedding sheet in Ncube’s room.
However, Paradzai vehemently denied the case and blood-stained clothes. She claimed that Ncube and her friends had set her up.
“I do not know anything about those clothes, I was never pregnant,” said Paradzai as she cried hysterically.
“Lindiwe told me yesterday that she had miscarried. I am sure she is the one who planted those clothes under my mattress,” she told the police.
Ncube, in turn, denied Paradzai’s theory.
“I was not carrying any pregnancy,” said Ncube.
Another thigh vendor came forward in Paradzai’s defense telling the police that the blood-stained clothes which were discovered in Paradzai’s room where in fact hers, for use at “work”.
“Those are my skirts. I used to wear them to ‘work’. Lindiwe borrowed them last week, she said she had nothing clean to put on. However, she never returned them and I am surprised that they are now coming from Rachel’s room.
She echoed Paradzai’s sentiment that it was a set up of some sort.
“This is a set-up and everyone knows it,” she said before being dragged back to her room by a man who seemed to be the ladies’ pimp, judging by the authoritative tone he used when speaking to them.
He ordered the woman to mind her own business, and introduced himself to the police as Jani.
Jani threatened the Manica Post news crew on site with unspecified action.
“We do not want you here or else I will deal with you. How is an alleged abortion your business? Are you the police? Just go away,” shouted Jani.
The two thigh vendors were whisked away by the police for further questioning.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tavhiringa Kakohwa confirmed the case adding that it is sad to note that abortion cases continue to be recorded across the province despite efforts to discourage the practice.