(Last Updated on January 27, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – Police say they are concerned about the increase in murder cases during the current lockdown which are mostly a result of ‘petty’ disputes by criminals who do not respect the sanctity of human life.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police expresses concern over the murder cases committed during this lockdown period. Most of these cases are emanating from petty disputes caused by criminals who lack respect for the sanctity of human life.
“In one such case which occurred at Gaths Park Mine in Zhombe on 25 January 2021 at around 0800 hours, a 30-year-old man was fatally assaulted by six accused persons using knives and machetes after a dispute over gold ore,” said police spokesperson Paul Nyathi.
In another case, Police say a 23-year-old woman in Binga was found dead along the footpath after a domestic dispute with her husband. According to the statement from the police, it is suspected that the woman had been sexually abused before the murder.
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi said another old woman was killed by her grandson over witchcraft allegations.
“In another case which occurred on 21 January 2021 in Gezani village, Chikombedzi, a 76-year old woman was assaulted by her grandson who accused her of bewitching him. The accused assaulted the victim using fists and open hands and she later succumbed to the injuries on the 23rd of January 2021,” added Nyathi.
The police also confirmed the arrest of a 25-year-old man from Magwegwe for a murder case which occurred in April 2019.