Masvingo man kills cousin over miss­ing goat

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

A ZAKA man al­legedly axed his cousin lead­ing to his death fol­low­ing a dis­pute over a goat.

Em­manuel Sar­avoyi (60) of Ne­mauko Vil­lage un­der Chief Ndanga al­legedly struck Edias Fut­sirai (50) thrice - once on each jaw and once on the head on Thurs­day last week.

Fut­sirai sus­tained a deep cut on the head and was rushed to Mu­siso Hos­pi­tal.

Due to the se­ri­ous na­ture of his in­juries, he was trans­ferred to Masvingo Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal where he died three days after the at­tack.

Act­ing Masvingo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Ku­dak­washe De­hwa said Fut­sirai’s body was taken to Masvingo Hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary for post­mortem.

“I can con­firm re­ceiv­ing a re­port of mur­der which oc­curred in Chief Ndanga’s area in Zaka where a man was killed over a miss­ing goat. Po­lice have ar­rested the ac­cused and he is as­sist­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tions. He will ap­pear in court soon, fac­ing a mur­der charge,” said Asst Insp De­hwa.

He said on Thurs­day at around 7AM Mr David Ma­chine Yeuchidzai (63) of Taremba Vil­lage dis­cov­ered that one of his goats was miss­ing in the pen. He de­cided to search for the an­i­mal.

The act­ing po­lice spokesper­son said Mr Yeuchidzai passed by Sar­avoyi’s homestead in Ne­mauko Vil­lage and spot­ted a goat sim­i­lar to his.

Asst Insp De­hwa said Mr Yeuchidzai in­formed Fut­sirai, cousin to Sar­avoyi that he had spot­ted a goat sim­i­lar to his at the ac­cused’s homestead.

Mr Yeuchidzai, said Asst Insp De­hwa, teamed up with five vil­lagers to con­front Sar­avoyi.

He said Sar­avoyi re­fused to let the vil­lagers search his homestead for the goat.

“Sar­avoyi got into his kitchen hut, took an axe and charged to­wards Fut­sirai. Sens­ing dan­ger, Fut­sirai took to his heels but he un­for­tu­nately fell down and was left at the as­sailant’s mercy. Sar­avoyi al­legedly struck Fut­sirai on both jaws and once on the head leav­ing him with a deep cut,” he said.

Asst Insp De­hwa said vil­lagers rushed Fut­sirai to Mu­siso Hos­pi­tal where he was trans­ferred to Masvingo Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal due to his de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion.

A re­port was made to the po­lice lead­ing to Sar­avoyi’s ar­rest on as­sault charges.

Fut­sirai died on Sun­day at around 3 AM while still ad­mit­ted to Masvingo Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.— @ wal­terbm­swazie2.

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