The family of Tapiwa Makore, a 7-year-old Murewa boy who was allegedly murdered by his uncle and his herdsman in September last year rejected a state-assisted funeral to bury the remains of their son.

Tapiwa was buried on Saturday at the Makore family home in Murewa.

The Makore family spokesperson Beular Musupai said a state-assisted funeral was of no benefit to the family when police have not concluded their investigations and the suspects have not been tried and convicted.

She said: “What is more painful as a family is, we are burying the remains of Tapiwa without his head which is a first in our family and community to lay to rest a half body.

This is the 7th month since his death however the family has not received answers from relevant authorities.

The family prefered to use the little resources that they had.

“For seven months, where has the state been and it wants to assist us now when they cannot assist with answers on how the investigations are going”.