2 days 5 mur­ders

Cops say most sus­pects still at large

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara

FIVE peo­ple have been mur­dered in two days coun­try­wide, po­lice have con­firmed.

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba ex­pressed con­cern over the up­surge in murder cases and urged peo­ple to de­sist from tak­ing the law into their hands.

Dur­ing the month of Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber, close to 20 peo­ple were killed in sep­a­rate murder cases coun­try­wide.

In June, three peo­ple were mur­dered in two days in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents.

In many of these in­ci­dents, the sus­pects fled from the scenes and are still at large.

Se­nior Asst Comm Charamba said it was dis­heart­en­ing to note that de­spite ef­forts by the po­lice and com­mu­nity lead­ers to ed­u­cate peo­ple about the sanc­tity of hu­man life, mur­ders con­tinue to take place.

“Peo­ple have lost re­spect for life and to sup­port this, five murder cases were recorded in two days, be­tween Oc­to­ber 18 and 20 in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents across the coun­try. Cases range from mere un­der­stand­ings, fights over girl­friends and fam­ily fights,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

“In Lu­pane, a Form Five stu­dent was struck to death with an axe as he was walk­ing from school in the com­pany of fe­male school mates.

“In an­other case, a 30-year-old man had an al­ter­ca­tion with a taxi driver in Beit­bridge and the driver took a brick and struck him on the head. The man died upon ad­mis­sion to hospi­tal,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

In an­other in­ci­dent, she said, a 42-year-old man from Bor­row­dale as­saulted his girl­friend us­ing a stick af­ter a mis­un­der­stand­ing over a text mes­sage. The girl­friend later died af­ter she com­plained of a headache and pains from the as­sault.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba urged peo­ple to re­solve their dif­fer­ences am­i­ca­bly with­out re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence by seek­ing coun­selling from their lo­cal po­lice sta­tions and church el­ders.

“Mem­bers of the pub­lic should value the sanc­tity of hu­man life and en­sure that dif­fer­ences are solved peace­fully,” she said.

Mean­while, po­lice in Mata­bele­land South Prov­ince are look­ing for 18 hard­core crim­i­nals that in­clude nine wanted for murder while oth­ers are theft and armed rob­bery sus­pects.

In one of the in­ci­dents that oc­curred last week, six fam­ily mem­bers from In­siza District chased a sus­pected se­rial rapist into a po­lice base where they al­legedly stabbed him to death.

The de­ceased had al­legedly raped and stabbed a woman from the fam­ily two weeks ago, leav­ing her hos­pi­talised.

The al­leged se­rial rapist was on the po­lice’s wanted list for about six counts of rape, theft cases and was a known thug who had sev­eral pend­ing cases in court.

The fam­ily am­bushed Misheck Khanye who had dis­ap­peared soon af­ter com­mit­ting the crime last week. They caught up with him as he dis­em­barked from a truck at Shangani Busi­ness Cen­tre and killed him at a po­lice base.

The five broth­ers fled from the scene leav­ing their fa­ther be­hind, who was then ar­rested.—@ win­nie_­masara.

Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba

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