95-year-old man ‘killer’ on the run

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

A MAN from Tsholot­sho is on the run af­ter al­legedly fa­tally as­sault­ing a 95-year-old man.

Meluleki Ncube (56) al­legedly sav­agely kicked and punched Mr Nh­liki Dube, pop­u­larly known as Zimbabwe in Tsholot­sho, leav­ing him with bro­ken ribs.

The vi­cious as­sault took place three weeks ago at Bubude Busi­ness Cen­tre and Mr Dube died on Wed­nes­day at Tsholot­sho District Hos­pi­tal where he had been ad­mit­ted.

An­gry youths in the vil­lage have mo­bilised to hunt Ncube down. Vil­lagers said they were an­gry that po­lice of­fi­cers did not ar­rest Ncube af­ter the as­sault.

“Now a re­spected old man has died and Ncube has dis­ap­peared. He should have been ar­rested on the day he beat up the old man. Old as he is, Ncube is known for be­ing vi­o­lent once he drinks beer,” said Mr Mkhu­l­uli Sibanda.

“Vil­lage youths have de­cided to track down the fugi­tive. I hope they will hand him over to the po­lice when they catch him.”

Tsholot­sho South leg­is­la­tor Cde Zenzo Sibanda said he had in­structed of­fi­cers at Tsholot­sho Po­lice Sta­tion to ar­rest the al­leged murderer.

“Ncube as­saulted the old man un­til he passed out at Bubude Busi­ness Cen­tre. Dube was im­me­di­ately fer­ried to Tsholot­sho District Hos­pi­tal where he was ad­mit­ted un­til the time of his death. Med­i­cal reports show that Dube sus­tained in­ter­nal in­juries af­ter he was kicked hard on the ribs. To my sur­prise, the cul­prit wasn’t ar­rested. Now that the old man has died, vil­lagers and I per­son­ally de­mand the ar­rest of this murderer. Even though he has dis­ap­peared, po­lice have to find him,” said Cde Sibanda.

He said he de­plored the be­hav­iour of vi­o­lent peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who have no re­spect for the el­derly.

“This man ought to go to jail be­cause clearly he killed the old man. He needs to be up­rooted from my area be­cause if he’s let free, I’m sure he will do that again,” said the MP.

A vil­lager, Mr Makhosi Mlan­geni, said ev­ery­one was not happy with what Ncube did.

“Ncube has al­ways been vi­o­lent each time he drinks beer. He is known to be vi­o­lent and we saw this com­ing a long time ago. Vil­lagers al­ways said one day this man would kill some­one. It has hap­pened and surely he can’t get away with it. We ex­pected to see him ar­rested right away but that didn’t hap­pen. Maybe it’s be­cause no one in the old man’s fam­ily pushed for that. Now that we’ve lost one of our com­mu­nity el­ders, we will do all we can so that he gets ar­rested,” he said.

Mr Mlan­geni said the vil­lage had lost a wise coun­sel­lor and foun­tain of tra­di­tional knowl­edge.

Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Sergeant Na­mati­rai Mashona was not reach­able for com­ment. — @win­nie_­masara.

In­dus­try and Com­merce Min­is­ter Mike Bimha ad­dresses jour­nal­ists in Harare yes­ter­day flanked by In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Chris Mushohwe

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