Beer dis­pute ends in tragedy

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie

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

Cde Mandi Chimene

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