Death in fight for $5 air­time

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

A 30-YEAR-OLD gold pan­ner from Mberengwa was al­legedly killed by his nephew,, a fel­low gold pan­ner, over a $5 air­time recharge card.

Mr Dulis Mu­natsa of Kaguvi Vil­lage un­der Chief Maziofa, Mberengwa died at United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tal (UBH) three days af­ter he was al­legedly struck on the head with a wooden plank by Ti­moth Dube (23).

Dube yes­ter­day apeared be­fore Mberengwa res­i­dent mag­is­trate Mrs Evia Matura fac­ing mur­der charges.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to Septem­ber 21 and Mrs Matura ad­vised him to ap­ply for bail at the High Court.

Asked if he had com­plaints against the po­lice, Dube said he was re­morse­ful for fa­tally strik­ing his un­cle over $5 air time recharge card.

“He gave me money to buy air­time worth $5 in the morn­ing of the fate­ful day. In the af­ter­noon he asked for his air­time which I didn’t have and he started fight­ing me. He was the ag­gres­sor and I picked up a wooden plank and hit him on the left side of his head in self-de­fence and he fell down. “He was rushed to Munene District Hos­pi­tal be­fore he was trans­ferred to a Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tal. I was shocked to learn that he had passed on,” said a re­morse­ful Dube. Pros­e­cu­tor Ms Wadzanayi Shayanewako told the court that on Septem­ber 7 around 4.30PM, Dube hit Mu­natsa with a wooden plank once on the right side of the head from be­hind. She said Mu­natsa fell down. “Mu­natsa had asked Dube the air­time which he had sent him to buy in the morn­ing. Mu­natsa bled pro­fusely and was rushed to Munene District Hos­pi­tal. Upon ar­rival he was trans­ferred to United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tal and passed away on Septem­ber 9,” she said. Ms Shayanewako said a re­port was made to the po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of Dube.

Two men sit in a bro­ken down trailer parked in the mid­dle of the road with no warn­ing signs, in the Mguza area of Umguza District re­cently

Ti­moth Dube

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