Notorious Mabvuku: Lameck ‘Wrong Turn’ Now Philemon ‘Hot Stepper’

Harare – Mabvuku suburb is slowly becoming notorious for churning characters who make headlines for the wrong reasons.

Recently, it was Lameck aka ‘Wrong Turn’ who sent his in-laws searching for cover after his hard-hitting graveside speech denouncing the deceased for ill-treating his daughter.

And now, Philemon ‘Hot Stepper’ Murefu is hogging the limelight for conducting a funeral service for his chicken – he even invited people to mourn the dead bird.

The 38-year-old Murefu says he was close to the pet – he even carried it around on his shoulders, as well as dressing his dogs to show his affection.
Dressed Dogs are Part of Philemon's Life 

Philemon is also known in the ghetto for dressing up his dogs as well as walking with his chickens on his shoulders.

The loss prompted Philemon to mourn the bird which had become part of his life for the past two years.

“When I was a young boy, my mother had so much passion for animals so I was raised in an environment where they were so many domesticated animals.

“I am really affected whenever an animal which I would have kept dies, the same feeling I get when losing a loved one is the same when any of my pets dies,” revealed Philemon to H metro.

His bond with the animals made him to shed tears and prepare a befitting sendoff.

“I shed tears when one of my chickens dies, the bird was a special bird to me because for the two years I had stayed with it was friendly and loving to me.

“It died when I was not at home and I was informed about the death over the phone and I told them not to bury it because I wanted to give it a befitting send off,” said Philemon.

Though some neighbours warned him from mourning, he did not listen.

“I got so many insults from people close to me especially some of my relatives and friends they were accusing me of doing something that was taboo but they did not understand the bond I had with Beauty.

The resident is even considering buying a tombstone for the deceased bird.

“I am now looking forward to put a tombstone at the grave, what I did was temporary but I am hoping to raise money soon and do a proper thing,” he said.

Philemon has become a talk of the suburb for dressing his dogs in human clothes.

“I have two dogs namely Bush and Masket and one of the things I do every month is I set aside a budget of US$5 per dog which will be meant to buy clothes. I don’t treat my dogs like what I see most people in Mabvuku doing, I treat them as my own children that’s why I buy them clothes,” claims the ‘Hot Stepper’

He further claims that his four-legged friends have a wardrobe full of clothes, and he treats them like his children unlike other pets roaming the township. – www.tinzwei.com/H metro

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