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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

GWELO, Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 28,1966 — Two Africans who are charged with the mur­der of an­other — the al­le­ga­tion is that one of them did the killing and the other helped to dis­pose of the body , which was thrown down a mine shaft — gave ev­i­dence at the High Court in Gwelo to­day.

Mbaluko told the court it was he who had done the killing by fight­ing with Takawira Go­liath and strik­ing him three blows on the head with a knobker­rie. He said that he had dis­posed of the body in the man­ner al­leged and that his fel­low ac­cused, his cousin Ziyada Mareza, had had noth­ing to do with it. Mareza de­nied com­plic­ity in the al­leged mur­der. Mbaluko said in ev­i­dence that he was em­ployed by the Mines Depart­ment at Python Mine, Silo­bela, and shared a hut there with the de­ceased.

Af­ter work on April 4 he stayed in the hut and the de­ceased went to a beer drink. “When he re­turned he en­tered the quar­ters and started swear­ing at me, and I picked up a knobker­rie and we started a fight. It was af­ter that the de­ceased died, and I car­ried him and threw him in a mine shaft.

When I car­ried the body I was alone”, he said. Mbaluko told the pros­e­cu­tor Adv Ju­lian Cole­grave, that both he and fel­low ac­cused were Nyasas and that the de­ceased had called him “a - fool from Nyasa”. In re­ply to the ques­tion: “Did you in­tend to kill him? “he said” Do you not know that God de­crees things. This was de­creed by God and you should term it an ac­ci­dent. I did not in­tend to kill him”. The case was ad­journed un­til to­mor­row .Much of yes­ter­day’s and to­day’s hear­ing was taken up with a “trial within a trial”. Both ac­cused chal­lenged al­leged state­ments which amounted to ad­mis­sions on the grounds that they had been as­saulted.

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