Man Who Died and Was Buried a Year Ago Shocks Villages by Making a Call Wishing His Family a Happy New Year
Tension gripped the Katavi district in Tanzania after a man, who was reported dead and buried the previous year, made a shocking phone call to his own family, extending New Year’s greetings.
According to a report by Ayo TV, the deceased, identified as Masanja Masengwa, aged 30, allegedly passed away and was laid to rest by his family. However, in a bizarre twist of events, Masengwa reached out to his relatives, claiming he had never died.
On the morning of December 26, a call came through informing the family of the supposed demise of Masengwa. Shocked by the news, family members and even a local councilor rushed to the scene to confirm the tragic event.
Ditto Shilinde, the deceased’s brother-in-law, recounted the perplexing situation, stating, “I received a call early in the morning on the 26th, telling me that my brother-in-law had passed away. I informed my wife, and shortly after, the councilor arrived with the same news of his death. I called his wife to inquire, and she told me he had been absent for 2 to 3 months, and we had lost contact.”
Faced with conflicting information, the family proceeded to a hospital where they were supposed to verify the identity of Masengwa’s body. They examined the corpse and, convinced of its identity, proceeded to bury it.
“At the hospital, the doctor took his elder brother, who is also my brother-in-law, to the morgue where the body was kept. The body was already decomposed and emitting a foul odor. When his brother slightly uncovered the head, he confirmed it was him. So, we placed the body in a coffin and brought it here for burial,” Shilinde added.
Following the burial, the family and community members declared an end to the mourning period, assuming the ordeal was over.
However, on January 1, Masengwa shocked everyone by calling his brother in Kigoma and wishing him a Happy New Year. His brother was astounded, declaring that he had not died. Moreover, Masengwa explained that he was in a location with no network coverage, and his phone had run out of battery.
With growing confusion and signs indicating that they buried the wrong body, the family gathered to report the incident to the police.
“When we arrived in town, we found him, and I said, ‘This is indeed my brother-in-law,’ and his elder brother said, ‘This is my younger brother.’ We greeted him and told him, ‘Brother, we were informed that you had left this world,’ as we pointed to the buried body. He replied, ‘My dear siblings, I am still alive,'” narrated Shilinde.