Lobola mur­der sus­pect ar­rested

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara

A MAN from Lu­pane who al­legedly killed his brother-in-law by strik­ing him with a log for con­tin­u­ously pes­ter­ing him for lobola has been ar­rested.

Fayo Ncube (52) was al­legedly in the habit of as­sault­ing Thomas Moyo (63) and de­mand­ing the lobola for his sis­ter when­ever he got drunk.

Moyo al­legedly re­tal­i­ated on the day and killed Ncube of Lutho Vil­lage un­der Chief Mab­hikwa.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened last Thurs­day around 9PM and Moyo had been on the run since the killing un­til his ar­rest on Tues­day.

Po­lice ar­rested Moyo at an aban­doned shack where he had been hid­ing at Ndamu­leni Vil­lage.

Fayo’s daugh­ter Ms Sithokozile Ncube said Moyo was ar­rested in a bush about 25 km from their vil­lage. “Vil­lagers em­barked on a man­hunt for the killer who had van­ished from the vil­lage im­me­di­ately af­ter he com­mit­ted the crime. He fled from the scene leav­ing my fa­ther ly­ing un­con­scious on the ground.

“Since that day, he had not been seen. Vil­lagers found him hid­ing in a shack at an aban­doned home­stead in the bush. We are happy he has been ar­rested and will be charged for his crime,” she said.

Vil­lagers had told The Chron­i­cle that Ncube had a ten­dency of beat­ing up Moyo over non-pay­ment of lobola for his sis­ter.

“Fayo had a habit of de­mand­ing lobola from Moyo when­ever he got drunk. He would beat him up even at the bar.

“On the fate­ful day as the two walked home from the bar, Fayo started to de­mand the lobola. As the two neared Ncube’s home, Fayo called out to his son to bring him his sjam­bok,” a vil­lager had said.

A neigh­bour had said the two had been seen ear­lier on that fate­ful night drink­ing beer at Lutho Busi­ness Cen­tre.

“As the two walked home, a mis­un­der­stand­ing over their usual topic of the bride-price arose. Fayo started to beat up Moyo and as they neared his home, he called out for his son to bring a sjam­bok.

“The son quickly brought the weapon. Fayo grabbed the whip from the young boy and started to as­sault Moyo,” he said.

The neigh­bour said Fayo con­tin­ued to chase af­ter Moyo as he ran to his home.

“He con­tin­ued to beat him up un­til Moyo de­cided to re­tal­i­ate. He picked up a log and struck Fayo sev­eral times on the head. He im­me­di­ately fled from the scene and we haven’t seen him to date.

“He (Fayo) fell un­con­scious on the ground and his son who had later de­cided to fol­low them, found his fa­ther ly­ing in a pool of blood”.

Chief Mab­hikwa said he was pleased with the way the com­mu­nity came to­gether and as­sisted po­lice to ar­rest the sus­pect.

“Bad peo­ple should be re­moved from the com­mu­nity as they are a danger to oth­ers. I con­tinue to urge the com­mu­nity to learn to re­solve dis­putes through di­a­logue. Vi­o­lence re­sults in loss of lives.”

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Ny­athi said he had not yet re­ceived in­for­ma­tion on the ar­rest of the Moyo.— @win­nie_­masara.

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