Wife killer admits crime Late woman bludgeoned, body burnt for refusing second wife
Solusi University reduces fees by 10 percent for 2017
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.
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