25 November 2012

Tanzania: Shock As 31-Year Old Corpse Is Still 'Intact'

Bukoba — HUNDREDS of residents of Kamachumu in Muleba district could not believe their eyes after a body of a woman who died about 31 years ago, was exhumed on Wednesday (Nov 21) and found intact.

Kamachumu Village Chairman, Abdu Rajabu, identified the deceased as Zubeda Idrissa (67) who died sometime in 1981. According to Mr Rajabu, the relatives of the late Zubeda, including her three sons, unanimously agreed to exhume the body and re-bury it at a nearby village where they had bought a new plot.

"This is quite surprising. Nobody could believe that a human body can stay intact for such a long period (31 years) in a grave without decomposing. Medical experts should assist in clarifying this mystery", he said.

Hamza Idrissa (44), a relative of the late Zubeda, also expressed his surprise after the body was found in good condition as if it had been buried only two days ago. Hundreds of people from Kamachumu Ward and surrounding villages described the discovery as a mystery.

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