Six men kid­nap, whip boy to death

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Walter Mswazie

SIX men from Chiredzi al­legedly kid­napped a 15-year-old boy, de­tained him overnight and as­saulted him while his hands were tied un­til he died af­ter ac­cus­ing him of hav­ing stolen a so­lar panel and some clothes from one of them.

To­bias Mashava (33), Sim­barashe Hau­di­vamwe (20), Kill­more Zun­gura (27), Be­nard Thomas (32), Moses Joel (35) and James Chi­nenge (35) al­legedly killed Aaron Chikudo ac­cus­ing him of steal­ing a so­lar panel and two bags full of clothes.

Three of the men al­legedly first ap­proached one Asele Zhou and ac­cused him of hav­ing stolen the prop­erty, but he al­legedly told them that Chikudo had stolen it.

The trio pro­ceeded to Chikudo’s home and al­legedly took him to one of the sus­pects’ home where they were joined by three other ac­com­plices. They then took turns to as­sault him with switches all over the body while his hands were tied.

Chikudo died the fol­low­ing day while in the cus­tody of the six sus­pects.

Masvingo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Char­ity Mazula said the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Wed­nes­day last week at around 10AM.

She said the six sus­pects were ar­rested and are as­sist­ing po­lice with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Insp Mazula said on Tues­day last week at around 7AM, Chi­nenge, Joel and Hau­di­vamwe dis­cov­ered that a so­lar panel and two bags full of clothes were miss­ing.

The trio sus­pected that Zhou had stolen them and de­cided to con­front him.

Zhou al­legedly told them that Chikudo was the one who had stolen the prop­erty.

“At around 2PM, the three men went to Zhou’s home­stead in the same area where upon ar­rival they ac­cused him of steal­ing their prop­erty but he de­nied and im­pli­cated Aaron who lived in the neigh­bour­ing vil­lage. The trio pro­ceeded to Chinyoka Vil­lage where they found Aaron home. They ac­cused the ju­ve­nile of hav­ing stolen their prop­erty but he de­nied.

“Un­sat­is­fied, they took him to one of the men’s home­stead where they al­legedly as­saulted him with switches all over the body un­til 7PM. They were joined by Thomas, Zun­gura and Mashava of the same area who also as­saulted the boy,” said Insp Mazula.

She said the six men al­legedly went on to tie his hands with fi­bre and con­tin­ued to as­sault him.

On Wed­nes­day at around 10AM, Insp Mazula said, the boy was still in their cus­tody and they con­tin­ued to in­ter­ro­gate him. They al­legedly con­tin­ued to as­sault him un­til he passed out.

They al­legedly poured some wa­ter on him but Chikudo breathed his last on the spot. — @wal­terbm­swazie2

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