Man­hunt for Lu­pane log killer

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A-25-YEAR-OLD man from Lu­pane is on the run after al­legedly strik­ing a fel­low vil­lager with a log lead­ing to his death about a week later.

Mandla Zulu (32) of Mkarab­uli Vil­lage in Go­moza, un­der chief Mab­hikwa died after he was re­peat­edly hit on the head by Wash­ing­ton Sibanda (25) of Holomoka Vil­lage in Go­moza, on Au­gust 21.

Zulu was ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal and dis­charged on Au­gust 24, only to die in his sleep at his home on Mon­day.

Mata­bele­land North spokesper­son As­sis­tant con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

“I’ve re­ceived a re­port on the death. At the mo­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way,” he said.

Sibanda al­legedly as­saulted Zulu who was in the com­pany of a friend, Mr Mbon­isi Ncube (21) un­til he fell un­con­scious.

The mur­der sus­pect is al­leged to have fled the scene after com­mit­ting the crime.

Mr Ncube yes­ter­day said Zulu was rushed to Go­moza Clinic soon after the as­sault and was later re­ferred to St Lukes Hospi­tal.

He was dis­charged from the hospi­tal on Au­gust 24. pro­vin­cial act­ing po­lice In­spec­tor Eglon Nkala RES­I­DEN­TIAL flats in Bu­l­awayo’s Mpopoma sub­urb are un­der threat of col­lapse due to vi­bra­tions caused by blasts at a nearby quarry.

Davis Gran­ite, the largest sup­plier of gran­ite ag­gre­gates in Zim­babwe, car­ries out its op­er­a­tions along Khami Road, a few kilo­me­tres from Mpopoma sub­urb and res­i­dents say when­ever there is a blast at the quarry, their homes shake.

They said the con­tin­ued blasts at Davis Gran­ite are now a threat to their lives as they were liv­ing in fear of the pos­si­bil­ity of their homes col­laps­ing.

“The two got into a mis­un­der­stand­ing as we walked home from a beer drink at around 8PM. As we neared Wash­ing­ton’s home, the ar­gu­ment got heated and Wash­ing­ton grabbed a log and at­tacked Mandla. Mandla lost con­scious­ness and fell to the ground,” he said.

Mr Ncube said vil­lagers rushed his friend who was un­con­scious to Go­moza Clinic.

He said Sibanda has never been seen since com­mit­ting the crime.

Chief Mab­hikwa, un­der whose area the crime was com­mit­ted, yes­ter­day blamed the brew­ing and drink­ing of il­licit beer for a rise in vi­o­lent crimes.

“We have had a num­ber of cases be­ing re­ported after peo­ple drink these tra­di­tion­ally brewed beers. Peo­ple should avoid ar­gu­ments es­pe­cially when un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol,” he said. — @win­nie_­masara

Mr In­no­cent Cha­pungu points at a crack on a block of flats in Mpopoma

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