Child killer MP’s men­tal pa­tient

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

A MAN from Tsholot­sho who al­legedly killed his neigh­bour’s son by hit­ting him on the head with a ham­mer be­fore rip­ping his stom­ach open with a knife was be­ing treated for a men­tal prob­lem by Tsholot­sho South MP Cde Zenzo Sibanda, who is a tra­di­tional healer.

Lizwe Ncube cal­lously blud­geoned six year old Ob­vi­ous Mkhwananzi to death with a ham­mer on Satur­day. He tied the Grade One pupil’s body to a bi­cy­cle frame and ripped open his stom­ach. After slaugh­ter­ing the child, Ncube al­legedly guarded the mu­ti­lated body.

It has emerged that Ncube was for al­most a year be­ing treated for his con­di­tion by Cde Sibanda who is also Tsholot­sho Dis­trict Zanu-PF chair­per­son.

Yes­ter­day, Cde Sibanda, a re­spected tra­di­tional healer in the area, con­firmed hav­ing treated Ncube.

“He came from South Africa suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­ness. I stayed with him close to a year at­tend­ing to him. I think it was eight months be­tween 2011 and 2012,” said Cde Sibanda.

He said he sur­ren­dered Ncube to his rel­a­tives after be­ing con­vinced that he was cured.

Cde Sibanda said Ncube’s men­tal prob­lem could have been wors­ened by sub­stance abuse.

He said he was shocked to learn that Ncube had com­mit­ted the heinous crime, say­ing he knew him as a non-vi­o­lent per­son.

“This is a sad in­ci­dent. I was shocked to learn that it was Lizwe who had done this. His rel­a­tives should have taken him for treat­ment if they saw signs that he was los­ing his mind again,” he said.

Cde Sibanda urged rel­a­tives liv­ing with men­tal pa­tients to take them to in­sti­tu­tions that pro­fes­sion­ally look after them.

Tsholot­sho po­lice ar­rested Ncube amid calls that men­tal pa­tients should be con­fined to men­tal in­sti­tu­tions.

The in­ci­dent came at a time when the biggest men­tal hospi­tal in Mata­bele­land, Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hospi­tal in Bu­l­awayo is fac­ing a crit­i­cal short­age of medicines for both its in and out of hospi­tal pa­tients.

Three nurses have been at­tacked by pa­tients this year as pa­tients go with­out seda­tives.

Of­fi­cials at Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hospi­tal say the drug short­age has re­sulted in un­sus­tain­able cases of out­pa­tients re­laps­ing and need­ing read­mis­sion at the crowded in­sti­tu­tion. — @ nqot­shili

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