Mar­ried of­fi­cer dumped by girl­friend hangs

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A MAR­RIED po­lice of­fi­cer sta­tioned in Masvingo al­legedly hanged him­self after his girl­friend ditched him.

On Wed­nes­day night, the of­fi­cer, iden­ti­fied only as Con­sta­ble Mara­pira, al­legedly sent a What­sApp mes­sage to his girl­friend Miss Clarice Sagiya, di­rect­ing her where to find his body.

Sources close to Cst Mara­pira, who was sta­tioned at Masvingo Ru­ral Po­lice Station, said he funded Miss Sagiya’s ed­u­ca­tion. She is a fi­nal year trainee teacher at Mor­gen­ster Teacher’s Col­lege.

“The mis­un­der­stand­ing fol­lowed Clarice’s de­ci­sion to dump him on claims that she couldn’t be with a po­lice of­fi­cer any­more as he wouldn’t af­ford her up­keep,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer who pre­ferred anonymity.

The of­fi­cer re­sponded by killing him­self a few me­tres off the Mvuma-Gweru Road on Wed­nes­day night.

A source said Cst Mara­pira sent the sui­cide mes­sage at 21:59PM to Miss Sagiya’s Econet line and the mes­sage read:

“Vanhu vasanet­seke kutsvaga body yangu. Mukasvika paMvuma van­otena ne Gweru road less than a kilo­me­tre pane mota pa side pe road chisango to the left (don’t bother your­selves look­ing for my body. When you get to Mvuma, turn to­wards Gweru. Less than a kilo­me­tre away, there is a car by the road side to the left.)

About 12 min­utes later at 22:11PM, he sent a sec­ond mes­sage which read:

“Ndafira Clarice Sagiya Sagiya).”

Miss Sagiya al­legedly took a phone with the mes­sages to a po­lice station, lead­ing to the lo­ca­tion (I died be­cause of Clarice of the body.

A source said: “Mara­pira im­preg­nated Clarice and after that he paid lobola for her. Fur­ther­more he took her to school and was pay­ing her tu­ition fees.”

The source said Cst Mara­pira’s fam­ily suspects that he was killed.

Ef­forts to get a com­ment from Miss Sagiya were fruit­less as a man kept an­swer­ing her phone and say­ing he was far from where she was.

Masvingo Prov­ince po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Charity Mazula said she was away from the station and had not yet re­ceived the re­port.

“Maybe you can con­tact the station for fur­ther de­tails,” she said.

At Masvingo po­lice station, a Sergeant Cripen Gwashu said they had not yet con­firmed the mat­ter.

“We’re still deal­ing with hearsay and are in­ves­ti­gat­ing if it in­deed hap­pened. At the mo­ment I can’t com­ment,” he said.

The sui­cide comes barely two days after a se­nior of­fi­cer at Bu­l­awayo’s West­gate Po­lice Station is suspected to have com­mit­ted sui­cide by shoot­ing him­self.

Chief In­spec­tor Edgar Dube (50), the Of­fi­cer-in­Charge of the Po­lice Pro­tec­tion Unit at West­gate, used a ser­vice pis­tol to shoot him­self on Tues­day morn­ing.

He didn’t leave be­hind a sui­cide note but a Bi­ble, opened to Ro­mans Chap­ter Two, was found be­side his body in his blood spat­tered of­fice.

The first verse reads: “You, there­fore, have no ex­cuse, you who pass judg­ment on some­one else, for at what­ever point you judge an­other, you are con­demn­ing your­self, be­cause you who pass judg­ment do the same things.”

A source close to Dube claimed that he was hav­ing do­mes­tic prob­lems. Oth­ers claim he was un­happy after be­ing re­cently trans­ferred to Bu­l­awayo from Harare.—@win­nie_­masara.

Che­p­leni Muham­mad

Po­lice of­fifi cers un­tie the body of Con­sta­ble Mara­pira from the tree on which he al­legedly hanged him­self and the text mes­sage he sent to his girl­friend be­fore the sui­cide

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