Sand poach­ers blud­geon Joshua Nkomo fam­ily’s se­cu­rity man

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Than­deka Moyo

A SE­CU­RITY guard em­ployed by the late Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo’s fam­ily was al­legedly killed on Fri­day af­ter he tried to stop a gang of men from poach­ing sand from one of their premises.

A neigh­bour found Yowani Ng­wenya (24) dead at a gran­ite site within Mqabuko Heights area in Bu­l­awayo’s Burnside sub­urb and tipped off the po­lice.

The body had bruises on the fore­head, above the right eye and was bleed­ing from the left ear.

The Chron­i­cle vis­ited the Ng­wenya fam­ily yes­ter­day who are hop­ing to ferry his body to Hwange for burial af­ter they get po­lice clear­ance and post­mortem re­sults.

“We’re still in shock as a fam­ily and we hope po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions will help us find who did this to Yowani. We last saw him on Fri­day evening af­ter work and we were shocked to learn that his body was found at the gran­ite site which he nor­mally mans,” said Mr Al­bert Muza­nen­hamo, his brother-in-law.

He said their neigh­bours heard screams around the area at around 7PM but no one went out to in­ves­ti­gate.

“The neigh­bours con­firmed they heard screams but they were too scared to leave the house. We sus­pect that he was killed by sand poach­ers who don’t live around this area.”

Mr Muza­nen­hamo said a cream truck was spot­ted in the area car­ry­ing sand to a nearby house which is un­der con­struc­tion.

“We heard that Yowani had stopped a group of men from poach­ing sand and they may have re­tal­i­ated by beat­ing him to death,” he said.

Ng­wenya’s wife Ms Sihle Ny­oni said her hus­band left home on Fri­day evening promis­ing to re­turn within a few hours.

“When he didn’t re­turn, I thought he had gone back to Mat­sheumhlophe.

“How­ever, early in the morn­ing one of my neigh­bours no­ti­fied me that some­one was ly­ing at the site and when I got there I no­ticed that it was Ng­wenya who was al­ready dead,” said Ms Ny­oni.

She said Ng­wenya had two chil­dren aged five and one.

“We’re just hop­ing that in­ves­ti­ga­tions will go well and that we will get ben­e­fits from his em­ployer so we pro­ceed with fu­neral ar­range­ments,” she said.

Mrs Thandiwe Nkomo-Ibrahim who runs An­zac In­vest­ments that em­ployed Ng­wenya could not be reached for com­ments on her mo­bile phone yes­ter­day.

Po­lice na­tional spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Ny­athi said he could not con­firm the in­ci­dent as he was yet to re­ceive de­tails. —@thamamoe.

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