21 mur­ders in Gwanda

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde

BOT­TLE stores in Gwanda which op­er­ate out­side the stip­u­lated times are a death trap as most of the mur­der cases recorded in the district oc­cur at the drink­ing spots, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer has said.

The district recorded 21 mur­der cases dur­ing the first half of the year, com­pared to only seven dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Gwanda district po­lice com­man­der, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Enock Sibanda re­vealed this at the re-launch of the ZRP Client Ser­vice Char­ter in Mbe­m­beswana in Kezi on Wed­nes­day.

Although he did not give fig­ures of how many deaths were recorded at the drink­ing spots, he said the ma­jor­ity of the cases were recorded at bot­tle stores when they were open be­yond the stip­u­lated clos­ing times.

“Mur­der cases in the district are hap­pen­ing at drink­ing places. We urge the busi­ness com­mu­nity to abide by the Liquor Act. If you have a bot­tle store it has time to open and close. Let’s fol­low these reg­u­la­tions. We have dis­cov­ered that most of the cases hap­pen well out of time. Let’s close our bot­tle stores at stip­u­lated times,” said Chief Supt Sibanda.

“We know that some busi­nesses are cock­tails, restau­rants, beer gar­dens but they are gov­erned by the Liquor Act.

“How­ever, other causes of mur­der are fam­ily dis­putes em­a­nat­ing from love and oth­ers blam­ing each other for prac­tis­ing witchcraft.

“These are small is­sues which shouldn’t lead to un­nec­es­sary loss of lives. Mem­bers of the pub­lic should seek coun­selling and de­sist from tak­ing the law into their own hands.”

He said stock theft was an­other prob­lem in the district, in­creas­ing by 12 per­cent from 297 last year to 334 this year.

Chief Supt Sibanda said there has been a de­crease in cases such as as­sault, theft and un­law­ful en­try and theft.

“Gen­er­ally our district has been per­form­ing well in terms of crime and we have con­tin­u­ously re­ceived a de­crease in some preva­lent crimes,” he said. — @pamssmup

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