A 27-YEAR-OLD Nyazura woman who shocked her community after strangling her two children to death, saying she could no longer fend for them, will spend the next 20 years in jail.
Talent Munjoma was on Thursday convicted of murder with actual intent by High Court judge Justice Susan Mavangira for the spine-chilling murders committed in June last year.
She was sentenced to 10 years on each count.
Presenting the State case, prosecutor Christine Nyamaropa said on June 19 2012, Munjoma took her two children Charity (3) and Arthur Matinenga aged nine months to a nearby mountain where she killed them by chocking using a cloth and strangling.
In her testimony in court, Munjoma said as she was killing the three-year-old, the younger one was by her side, playing.
After murdering her, she grabbed the deceased’s sibling and murdered him the same way.
The court also heard that Munjoma dug a shallow grave in the same mountain and buried the children.
She blamed evil spirits for the crime.
Munjoma said she was having problems in all her marriages and was failing to raise the children, which drove her to kill them.
After burying the children at around 10pm, Munjoma went to a local traditional healer, Nicks Matumbe where she intended to be cleansed of the evil spirits that allegedly caused her to commit the crimes.
After narrating what she had done, the traditional healer refused to help her and proceeded to report the matter to the village head and one local police officer.
Munjoma led them to the grave where she had buried the children leading to her arrest.
In her judgement, Justice Mavangira noted that there were extenuating circumstances in the matter.
However, she said there was need to strike a balance between the gravity of the crimes and the extenuating factors to avoid trivialising the offenses.