Man killed as row over chairs sparks restau­rant knife at­tack

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

A BINGA man al­legedly fa­tally stabbed a diner over a sit­ting po­si­tion at a restau­rant.

Mil­lion Mu­leya (36) of Kar­i­angwe Area un­der Chief Siansali plunged a kitchen knife into Zibu­siso Ndlovu’s chest last Wed­nes­day.

Ndlovu was a data cap­ture clerk at Kar­i­angwe Mis­sion Clinic.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Kar­i­angwe Busi­ness Cen­tre at around 4PM. Mem­bers of the Neigh­bour­hood Watch Com­mit­tee, a wit­ness said, hand­cuffed Mu­leya and handed him over to the po­lice.

Mata­bele­land North act­ing po­lice spokesper­son, Sergeant Na­mati­rai Mashona, yes­ter­day said she had not heard of the in­ci­dent.

“I’m out of the province and haven’t heard of the in­ci­dent. I will re­fer you to some­one who may as­sist you on that,” she said.

An eye­wit­ness, Mr Frank Mudimba, said Ndlovu who died on ar­rival at Binga Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal, was stabbed once in the chest.

“Ndlovu and a friend ar­rived at the restau­rant which is run by Chief Siansali and they bought food. In an at­tempt to find seats, Ndlovu’s col­league asked Mu­leya who was block­ing their way, if they could pass. Mu­leya re­fused and af­ter a brief ex­change of harsh words, he left the restau­rant. He re­turned min­utes later armed with a knife.

“He headed straight to Ndlovu, and in the blink of an eye, he stabbed him once in the chest. The two had not fought and Ndlovu was not even the one who had talked to Mu­leya. We could ac­tu­ally say he died in cross fire,” said Mr Mudimba.

He said Ndlovu who was from Lukosi in Hwange, had been trans­ferred from Lukosi Hos­pi­tal to the clinic about three months ago.

“As a com­mu­nity we’re very shocked by the in­ci­dent that be­fell the young man, whom we heard had re­cently grad­u­ated. He was in his 20s and was still new in our com­mu­nity,” said Mr Mudimba.

Some vil­lagers said Mu­leya was Chief Siansali’s aide but the Chief de­nied this, say­ing Mu­leya was a home­less per­son that he helped from time to time.

“Mu­leya didn’t work for me but is ac­tu­ally a man that I would hire to do some piece jobs like sweep­ing the yard at my busi­ness premises,” he said.

Chief Siansali said the stab­bing oc­curred when he was away and there­fore did not have much de­tail on the in­ci­dent.

Mil­lion Mu­leya

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