Man kills wife, burns body

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bu­reau Chief

A 64-year-old Zvisha­vane man al­legedly axed his wife of 33 years to death and burnt her body af­ter she al­legedly op­posed his plans to marry a sec­ond wife.

Ken­neth Ma­suku, of Ma­bele Vil­lage un­der Chief Hwedza, Zvisha­vane, is said to have fallen in love with a widow from the same vil­lage only iden­ti­fied as MaSibanda, but the dis­pute over the af­fair re­sulted in him killing his wife Lu­cia Dza­wandi (51) in cold blood. Ma­suku is said to have been ar­rested on Satur­day. Act­ing Mid­lands pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son, As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Ethel Muk­wende said Dza­wandi’s re­mains had been taken for a post-mortem.

“Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way. We urge mem­bers of the pub­lic to seek re­course from a third party like com­mu­nity el­ders, the church and the po­lice in case of dis­agree­ments in­stead of re­sort­ing to such heinous crimes,” said Asst Insp Muk­wende.

A source said on Novem­ber 23, Ma­suku al­legedly lured Dza­wandi to Mushan­dukwa Hills in the same area un­der the pre­text that they were go­ing for a cleans­ing cer­e­mony.

Un­known to her, vil­lagers told The Chron­i­cle, Ma­suku had al­ready piled fire wood ready to kill her.

“On Novem­ber 23, Ma­suku asked his wife of 33 years to ac­com­pany him to Mushan­dukwa Hills in Zvisha­vane where he said there was a prophet who was go­ing to cleanse both of them. The good wife fol­lowed her hus­band and when they got there, he struck her twice on the head with an axe lead­ing to her death,” said a vil­lager on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Af­ter killing his wife, vil­lagers said, Ma­suku al­legedly searched her and took her cell­phone and $100. “He then set the body on fire and re­turned home alone,” he said.

A vil­lager said on Novem­ber 26, Dza­wandi’s rel­a­tives be­came sus­pi­cious of her ab­sence and con­fronted Ma­suku. He said Ma­suku con­fessed to mur­der­ing and burn­ing his wife.

“In his de­fence, he told the rel­a­tives that Dza­wandi was re­fus­ing that he mar­ries a sec­ond wife. He said he thought of killing her so that he could go ahead and marry his new found love. He then took the rel­a­tives to Mushan­dukwa Hills where he showed them the spot where he had burned his wife be­fore they took him to the po­lice,” said the vil­lager. — @pchi­tumba1

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