Man ‘stabs’ friend to death in row over chair

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

A 24-YEAR-OLD man from Bulil­ima al­legedly stabbed his friend to death with an un­known ob­ject fol­low­ing a dis­pute over a chair dur­ing a drink­ing spree.

Ni­cholas Tshuma of Mbila area and Mr Din­gane Ncube of Bezu area fought af­ter fail­ing to agree on who was sup­posed to sit on a chair while the other one sits on the floor.

Tshuma then al­legedly stabbed Ncube on the left side of his chest re­sult­ing in his death.

Chief Kan­dana con­firmed the in­ci­dent which oc­curred in Bezu area on Fri­day at around 7PM.

“There is an in­ci­dent of a vil­lager from Mbila area who stabbed his friend to death at Bezu Busi­ness Cen­tre on Fri­day night. It ap­pears that Tshuma and Ncube were drink­ing beer with other vil­lagers af­ter watch­ing a soc­cer match at a lo­cal foot­ball ground.

“There was one chair and Tshuma and Ncube started ar­gu­ing over who was sup­posed to take up the seat. They started fight­ing over the mat­ter as they both wanted to use the chair,” he said.

Chief Kan­dana said Tshuma drew an un­known ob­ject and stabbed Ncube on the chest, then fled from the busi­ness cen­tre.

He said Ncube at­tempted to pur­sue Tshuma but he fell a few me­tres from the busi­ness cen­tre and his at­tacker fled into the dark­ness.

Chief Kan­dana said some vil­lagers tried to as­sist Ncube but he com­plained that he could not move and was bleed­ing pro­fusely. He said Ncube died a few min­utes later while ly­ing on the ground wait­ing for a ve­hi­cle to rush him to the near­est clinic.

Chief Kan­dana said some vil­lagers tried to pur­sue Tshuma but failed to lo­cate him.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that a life was lost over a petty is­sue. Vil­lagers have a ten­dency of re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence when re­solv­ing dis­putes when they can just talk things through,” he said. — @DubeMatutu

Ro­man Catholic Church Arch­bishop of Bu­l­awayo Dio­cese Fa­ther Alex Thomas (sec­ond from right) and St Luke’s Hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor Mrs Geral­dine Jongwe re­ceive equip­ment from the No­mads golfers in Bu­l­awayo on Fri­day

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