Bulil­ima man burns grand­par­ents, niece over late fa­ther’s es­tate

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

A 24-YEAR-OLD Bulil­ima man tried to burn his grand­par­ents and niece in their bed­room huts while they were asleep fol­low­ing a dis­pute over his fa­ther’s es­tate.

Mrs Lucy Sit­hole (59) and her 10-year-old grand­daugh­ter fled from their hut in the mid­dle of the night when An­der­son Ndlovu set it on fire.

Ndlovu also set on fire a hut in which his grand­fa­ther Mr Joyce Ndlovu (77) was sleep­ing and he es­caped un­harmed. How­ever, prop­erty from the two huts was de­stroyed.

Ndlovu of Bhem­benene Vil­lage ap­peared be­fore Plumtree mag­is­trate Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa fac­ing at­tempted mur­der charges. He was re­manded in cus­tody to Septem­ber 9. Pros­e­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said Ndlovu flew into a rage af­ter his grand­par­ents re­fused to give him three cat­tle that be­longed to his late fa­ther.

“In 2008, Ndlovu’s fa­ther died when his son was 14-years-old and he left three cat­tle with his fa­ther Mr Joyce Ndlovu. In 2010 the prop­erty was shared and Ndlovu’s grand­fa­ther re­fused to re­lease the cat­tle.

“On 11 Au­gust, Ndlovu went to his grand­fa­ther’s home­stead at around 1AM and de­manded the cat­tle back and threat­ened to kill him if he didn’t com­ply. Mr Ndlovu ig­nored his grand­son who was shout­ing out­side and con­tin­ued sleep­ing,” she said.

Mrs Sibanda said an hour later, Mr Ndlovu woke up and found his bed­room hut on fire. She said the old man bolted out of his bed­room hut and re­alised that the hut where his sis­ter and a 10-year-old grand­daugh­ter were sleep­ing was also on fire.

Mrs Sibanda said Mr Ndlovu banged the door and called out for them to wake up.

She said they fled from the burn­ing huts but their prop­erty was de­stroyed by the fire. — @DubeMatutu

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