A 9-year-old girl tragically lost her life after falling while running away from traditional masquerades at a school in Mabvuku, Harare on May 15.

Police confirmed the sad incident in a tweet, stating that the girl died after falling to the ground while fleeing masquerades (referred to as Zvigure) at a school along Sinini Drive in Eastview Phase 1, Mabvuku. Investigations are underway.

The Zvigure tradition involves masked dancers performing at cultural and religious celebrations. While the masquerades can be a source of entertainment, their appearance can also cause fear, particularly among children.

In this unfortunate case, the young girl died after falling while running away from the masquerades at a school. No further details about the incident were provided.

Police described the incident as “sad” and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the girl’s death. The identity of the victim has not been released.