Wife killer ad­mits crime Late woman blud­geoned, body burnt for re­fus­ing sec­ond wife

So­lusi Univer­sity re­duces fees by 10 per­cent for 2017

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/worldwide - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bureau Chief Crys­ta­bel Chikayi Chron­i­cle Re­porter

A 64-YEAR-OLD Zvisha­vane man has ad­mit­ted in court that he blud­geoned his wife of 33 years to death with a log be­fore burn­ing her body, af­ter she op­posed his plans to marry a sec­ond wife.

Ken­neth Ma­suku, of Ma­bele Vil­lage un­der Chief Hwedza in Zvisha­vane, ap­peared be­fore Zvisha­vane mag­is­trate Mr Peter Madiba fac­ing one count of mur­der.

Ma­suku con­firmed his warned and cau­tioned state­ment and the mag­is­trate re­manded him in cus­tody to De­cem­ber 12.

Mr Madiba ad­vised him to ap­ply to the High Court for bail.

The prose­cu­tor, Ms Mon­ica Mung­wena, told the court that a mis­un­der­stand­ing arose be­tween Ma­suku and his wife on November 22.

She said Ma­suku lied to his wife, Lu­cia Dzi­wandi, SO­LUSI Univer­sity has slashed fees by 10 per­cent to give re­lief to stu­dents who will be study­ing dur­ing the 2017 aca­demic year.

The de­ci­sion was taken by the So­lusi Univer­sity Coun­cil at its re­cent meet­ing held on November 21.

So­lusi Univer­sity’s Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Mr Collen that a prophet would visit their homestead to cleanse it.

She said around 8PM on the same day, Ma­suku, or­dered his wife to ac­com­pany him to Ngezi River to fetch wa­ter which was to be used by the prophet.

“They had empty five litre con­tain­ers each which they filled with wa­ter be­fore walk­ing to­wards their homestead,” said Ms Mung­wena.

The court heard Ma­suku changed the route back home and walked through Mushan­dukwa Hills.

Ms Mung­wena said in the Hills, Ma­suku picked up a log and struck Dzi­wandi once on the left side of the head be­fore she fell down right on top of a pile of fire­wood which he had ar­ranged be­fore­hand.

“He struck her for the sec­ond time on the head and she died, he started a fire us­ing dry grass, which he had placed on the fire wood, burn­ing the de­ceased’s body in a bid to con­ceal ev­i­dence,” she said. Vil­lagers handed Ma­suku over to the police. “The ac­cused led to the re­cov­ery of the de­ceased’s charred re­mains, a cell­phone and partly burnt na­tional iden­tity card,” said Ms Mung­wena.—@pchi­tumba1. Mahlangu said the fee re­duc­tion was meant to ac­com­mo­date stu­dents who were fail­ing to pay the full fees.

He said the re­duc­tion would also ben­e­fit stu­dents who de­ferred their stud­ies in 2016 due to the pre­vail­ing eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion.

“Con­sid­er­ing the tough econ­omy, the in­sti­tu­tion saw it vi­able to lower the fees so as to cater for all stu­dents from all back­grounds. As an in­sti­tu­tion we are not con­cerned about the fees though it is a ne­ces­sity, we are con­cerned with pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents,” said Mr Mahlangu.

He said stu­dents would have the op­tion to set­tle fees through pay­ment plans.

“The pay­ment plan is flex­i­ble to en­com­pass everyone,” said Mr Mahlangu.

He said given the fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties that most of the stu­dents are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, the univer­sity continues to ex­tend in­come gen­er­at­ing schemes to ben­e­fit them.

Mr Mahlangu said for ex­am­ple, $50 shall be paid to any stu­dent who suc­cess­fully re­cruits an un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent to regis­ter with the in­sti­tu­tion which is run by the Sev­enth Day Ad­ven­tist church.

He said $25 shall be paid to any stu­dent who suc­cess­fully re­cruits any one block re­lease or trimester stu­dent who shall sub­se­quently regis­ter with the univer­sity.

“We hope some re­lief and cer­tainty shall be brought to the stu­dents while other mea­sures are being con­sid­ered for future im­ple­men­ta­tion,” said Mr Mahlangu.—@cchikayi.

trans­porter, Mr Gift Moyo, last year at the Plumtree Bor­der Post.

Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa sen­tenced each of them to 24 months im­pris­on­ment but six months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that they do not com­mit a sim­i­lar crime within the next five years.

The two police of­fi­cers were ar­rested af­ter they threat­ened to ar­rest a cross bor­der trans­porter if he did not bribe them.

He gave them $20 but they com­plained that it was not enough. He then re­quested $10 back in­di­cat­ing that he did not have any money left on him but they re­fused.

Af­ter re­al­is­ing that the cor­rupt prac­tices of the police were con­tin­u­ing, he recorded what was tran­spir­ing us­ing his cell­phone. —@DubeMatutu.

Or­ganic fer­tilis­ers such as anthill soils, ma­nure and com­posts are bet­ter suited for agri­cul­tural soils be­cause they im­prove its ca­pac­ity to store nu­tri­ents for the cur­rent grow­ing sea­son and beyond. Ow­ing to short­age of fi­nan­cial re­sources some small-scale farm­ers in Zim­babwe im­prove poor agri­cul­tural land by spread­ing anthill soils in their fields.This pic­ture taken re­cently out­side Lu­pane shows an al­most six me­tre high anthill which could pro­vide plenty of nu­tri­ents (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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