Sol­diers beat man to death

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara

A MAN from In­siza man died after he was al­legedly at­tacked by three sol­diers on Satur­day.

Josiah Sit­hole (46) of Plot 26, Hamilton in Fort Rixon was found dead after he was al­legedly as­saulted by the trio who have since been ar­rested.

A source close to in­ves­ti­ga­tions said one of the sol­diers squeezed Sit­hole’s tes­ti­cles while the other two hit him with a plank.

The sol­diers, who are all based at 1 In­fantry Bri­gade in Bu­l­awayo, have been iden­ti­fied as Cor­po­ral Fighter Mwembe (30), Cor­po­ral Bright Ny­oni (28) and Pri­vate Ntan­doyenkosi Sibanda (26).

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Plot 12 Fort Rixon at around mid­night on Satur­day.

Mata­bele­land South Act­ing po­lice Spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Nkosi­lathi Sibanda said the mat­ter has been re­ferred to the courts.

“We re­ceived the re­port and the mat­ter is now sub­ju­dice,” he said.

A source said the three sol­diers were do­ing main­te­nance work at Mapolisa Bri­gade in Fort Rixon when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

“The three of­fi­cers were com­ing from a beer drink at Ma­sudu Busi­ness Cen­tre and along the way they came across their col­league who is also based at 1 In­fantry Bri­gade.

“The col­league, Em­manuel Mkhize lay drunk along the dust road, next to a bi­cy­cle that be­longed to the late Sit­hole,” he said.

The source said the trio tried to wake up their col­league to no avail.

“When they failed to wake up Mkhize, the trio de­cided to take the bi­cy­cle with them for safe­keep­ing. The owner of the bi­cy­cle ar­rived and de­manded his bi­cy­cle.

“The sol­diers re­fused to give him the bi­cy­cle claim­ing that it be­longed to their col­league. A mis­un­der­stand­ing led to the deadly at­tack,” the source said.— @win­nie_ masara

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