Man­hunt for Zim man who killed Bots lover

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Reporter

BOTSWANA po­lice have launched a man­hunt for a Zim­bab­wean man who al­legedly killed his lover in Tu­tume vil­lage in Fran­cis­town fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing me­dia re­ports in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try, God­knows Ncube, who is an il­le­gal im­mi­grant, fa­tally as­saulted his mid­dle-aged lover, a Zim­bab­wean who was em­ployed as a do­mes­tic worker in the same vil­lage. The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Mon­day night. Po­lice said they sus­pect that Ncube, who is be­lieved to be in his early 30s, could have fled back to Zim­babwe.

Tu­tume Po­lice Sta­tion com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Jerry Hala­hala ex­pressed con­cern over an in­crease in mur­der cases oc­cur­ring within his polic­ing area.

He said most of the mur­der cases were be­ing per­pe­trated by Zim­bab­wean il­le­gal im­mi­grants liv­ing in vil­lages along the border.

“We have en­gaged our Zim­bab­wean coun­ter­parts to as­sist us lo­cate Ncube be­cause our pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gest that he might have fled from the coun­try. We have been grap­pling with a lot of crim­i­nal cases in­volv­ing Zim­bab­weans within our polic­ing area for some years,” said Supt Hala­hala.

He at­trib­uted crime around Tu­tume area to its prox­im­ity to Zim­babwe.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mmegi news­pa­per, this is the se­cond Zim­bab­wean in nearly two weeks to dis­ap­pear af­ter be­ing linked to mur­der.

The first case was recorded in Nkange, which also falls within the Tu­tume polic­ing area.

In the Nkange in­ci­dent, a Zim­bab­wean whose of­fi­cial names re­main un­known apart from his so­bri­quet, “Proper”, killed a cou­ple af­ter a heated ar­gu­ment. Proper’s where­abouts still re­main un­known to the po­lice.

Supt Hala­hala told the Mmegi that il­le­gal Zim­bab­weans who re­side within Tu­tume had a ten­dency of killing peo­ple and flee­ing the coun­try.

He said po­lice in the area had some cases dat­ing years back in which Zim­bab­weans en­gaged in mur­der, but were never ar­rested.

One Zim­bab­wean man dubbed: “the Se­bina mon­ster,” killed four peo­ple in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in 2013, and he is still at large.

The man killed peo­ple in Se­bina and Maro­bela vil­lages, which also fall un­der the Tu­tume polic­ing area.

Supt Hala­hala blamed some Batswana for continuing to har­bour il­le­gal im­mi­grants, who then com­mit crimes and flee. Ncube and Proper were em­ployed as farm work­ers in Tu­tume.— @mash­nets.

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