Beer dispute ends in tragedy
A MWENEZI man allegedly fatally struck his brother-in-law with a log following a dispute over beer, police have confirmed.
Runesu Tafireyi (32) of Mucheni Village 4 under Chief Chitanga allegedly struck his brother-in-law Benias Mutovo (42) of the same village once on the head with a log leading to his death.
Acting Masvingo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dehwa said the incident occurred last Wednesday at around 6PM.
He said the body of the deceased was taken to Neshuro District Hospital for post-mortem.
Asst Insp Dehwa said Tafireyi disappeared after committing the crime but was arrested the following day.
“I can confirm receiving a report of murder involving two men. The two were at a beer drink when a dispute ensued following Tafireyi’s refusal to buy Mutovo beer,” said Asst Insp Dehwa.
A villager, Tsatsawani Hleku said on the fateful day at around 6PM, Tafireyi and Mutovo went for a beer drink at Shavani Hleku’s homestead in the same village.
“While at the beer drink, Mutovo asked Tafireyi to buy him beer but the later turned down the request after which a dispute ensued. Mutovo said Tafireyi’s refusal to buy him beer was a sign of disrespect hence he wanted to discipline him. Patrons managed to restrain the pair but Mutovo later on followed Tafireyi and attacked him,” said Tsatsawani.
She said Mutovo went home and told his wife Ms Jennifer Mushandu that he had been assaulted and wanted to revenge before allegedly arming himself with a kitchen knife.
Tsatsawani said Muvoto went back to the beer drink with Ms Mushandu who tried to restrain him, but found Tafireyi had already gone home.
He then followed him home where he attacked him without warning.
Tafireyi fled but Mutovo gave chase. When Tafireyi realised Mutovo was about to catch up with him, he pulled a log and allegedly struck Mutovo once on the head and he died on the spot. — @walterbmswazie2
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