Mur­der, sui­cide af­ter stock­theft row

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

A ZVISHAVANE man al­legedly killed his wife and then hanged him­self at his in-laws’ homestead fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute trig­gered by the theft of his beast.

El­liot Mu­nikwa (44) of Nduna Vil­lage un­der Chief Ma­sunda al­legedly killed his wife Ntombi­zomuh­laba Mu­pami (44) on Mon­day and went on to hang him­self in his mother-in­law’s kitchen hut.

Mu­nikwa al­legedly sus­pected that his wife and her mother had ear­lier stolen his beast.

Mid­lands Act­ing Po­lice Spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Ethel Muk­wende con­firmed the cou­ple’s death.

“I can con­firm that we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der case which oc­curred on Mon­day at Nduna Vil­lage, Chief Ma­sunda in Zvishavane at around 5 PM where Mu­nikwa killed his wife Mu­pami be­fore hang­ing him­self.

“It is al­leged that, some­time in June this year, Mu­nikwa’s beast was stolen by an un­known per­son but he sus­pected his wife and his 78-yearold mother-in-law to be re­spon­si­ble,” she said.

Asst Insp Muk­wende said on the fate­ful day, the cou­ple vis­ited Mu­pami’s mother Lyna Shumba, who later left them at home as she went to her gar­den which is about 100 me­tres away.

“Whilst she was there, she heard Mu­pami cry­ing for help. Shumba called for as­sis­tance from neigh­bours and pro­ceeded to her home where they found Mu­pami’s body ly­ing in a pool of blood with a deep cut on her throat,” Asst Insp Muk­wende said.

She said when vil­lagers de­cided to launch a man­hunt for Mu­nikwa, they found his body hang­ing in Shumba’s kitchen hut.

Asst In­spec­tor Muk­wende urged peo­ple to re­spect the sanc­tity of hu­man life and not to re­sort to vi­o­lence to solve dis­putes.— @ patiemt­siwi.

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