WHAT­SAPP NAILS ‘KILLER’ BROTHERS They beat un­cle to death, burnt body & buried it in two graves

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

TWO brothers from Plumtree al­legedly beat their un­cle to death and burnt his body to con­ceal ev­i­dence, ac­cus­ing him of burn­ing their plas­tic wa­ter con­tain­ers .

Unity Ndlovu (27) and El­liot Ncube (31), both of Ntali Vil­lage, Mam­bale area un­der Chief Bango, al­legedly stashed 43-yearold Ger­many Nleya’s re­mains and ashes in two shal­low graves on top of two hills.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found only the skull and bones from one leg.

The grue­some killing came to light when an un­known per­son posted the de­tails on a What­sApp chat Group in Botswana three months af­ter Nleya had gone miss­ing.

The duo — who are vil­lage head Ve­laphi Ndlovu’s chil­dren — al­legedly kid­napped Nleya of Em­pan­deni from Mr Don­ald Ncube’s homestead in broad day­light on Au­gust 20. They tied his hands be­hind his back and be­gan as­sault­ing him while other vil­lagers watched. They force-marched the bleed­ing Nleya to a hill where they al­legedly punched and kicked him un­til he died. The Chron­i­cle caught up with two of Nleya’s brothers who said they sus­pect that their brother was killed for rit­ual pur­poses which jus­ti­fies why the body was burnt. Ni­cholas Nleya said: “The two men had ac­cused Nleya of burn­ing plas­tic wa­ter con­tain­ers at Unity’s homestead. “They later ac­cused him of tam­per­ing with bricks at their brick mould­ing site. They told vil­lagers he dis­man­tled a bi­cy­cle and stolen an­other one at their home­steads. For these ac­cu­sa­tions, Unity and El­liot hunted down my brother claim­ing that they had been as­signed by their fa­ther to dis­ci­pline him.”

A source in the vil­lage said no one made a po­lice re­port when Nleya did not re­turn from the hill.

He said Ncube and Ndlovu tracked Nleya down, killed him and kept the mat­ter se­cret.

“News of Ger­many’s death came all the way from Botswana in a What­sApp mes­sage. The mes­sages read that Ger­many had been mur­dered, burnt and his re­mains hid­den in the hills,” said Ni­cholas.

“My brother, Richard im­me­di­ately came home from Botswana and to­gether we set off to in­ves­ti­gate. Our first port of call was Headman Matenga, the com­mu­nity leader of Mam­bale area where he was last seen three months ago.”

He said vil­lagers were shocked be­cause Ncube and Ndlovu had told them Nleya es­caped from them on the hill.

Ni­cholas said po­lice picked up Ncube and Ndlovu for ques­tion­ing on Monday and they con­fessed to killing Nleya be­fore lead­ing po­lice to the graves.

When The Chron­i­cle vis­ited the area yes­ter­day and found Headman Matenga who had re­ported Nleya as miss­ing on Satur­day — ad­dress­ing the com­mu­nity on the dis­cov­ery of the grisly mur­der.

The headman said: “On Satur­day I made a re­port to the po­lice. While I waited for the po­lice, the late Nleya’s brothers came to me with a story that they had seen on What­sApp say­ing their brother was dead.

“Ncube and Ndlovu were ar­rested on Monday. They told po­lice they killed Ger­many, piled fire­wood on the body and set it alight. They buried his ashes and other re­mains at two sep­a­rate places on two hills”.

The re­mains were taken to the United Bulawayo Hos­pi­tals for post­mortem.

Nleya’s brothers thanked Headman Matenga for re­port­ing their rel­a­tive miss­ing af­ter the en­tire vil­lage had been quiet about the mat­ter for a long time.

“If we had five more com­mu­nity lead­ers like him, there would be no crime in com­mu­ni­ties,” said Ni­cholas. — @win­nie_ masara.

The vir­tu­ally empty Umz­ing­wane Dam which was de­com­mis­sioned re­cently

Headman Matenga

Ni­cholas Nleya, elder brother to the late Ger­many and (right) the hill where he was buried

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