DUMP ME, YOU DIE! Nurse bru­tally killed for quit­ting adul­ter­ous re­la­tion­ship Don­key abat­toir raises po­lice, govt con­cerns

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A NURSE based in Nkayi dis­trict, Mata­bele­land North prov­ince, was al­legedly mur­dered by her mar­ried lover after she ended their five-year adul­ter­ous re­la­tion­ship.

Tawanda Ma­ho­homa (50) used an iron bar to as­sault Ms Bril­liant Ng­wenya (33) all over the body and there­after bashed her head sev­eral times with a brick. She died on the spot.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at around 4PM on Tues­day out­side Ms Ng­wenya’s house at Nkayi Busi­ness Cen­tre.

Mata­bele­land North po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Siphiwe Makonese con­firmed the mur­der.

“I can con­firm that we re­ceived a re­port of mur­der. A woman was struck sev­eral times all over her body with some ob­ject. She was also bashed sev­eral times on the head with a brick un­til she died. Po­lice have since ar­rested the sus­pect and he is ex­pected to ap­pear in court soon to an­swer to mur­der charges,” she said.

Insp Makonese urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to de­sist from en­gag­ing in vi­o­lence to re­solve dis­putes.

“Peo­ple need to learn to re­solve their dif­fer­ences am­i­ca­bly with­out re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence. As po­lice we are wor­ried that de­spite all these warn­ings, peo­ple still at­tack each other re­sult­ing in deaths. Peo­ple should en­gage the po­lice, church elders or fam­ily mem­bers to as­sist in re­solv­ing dis­putes as op­posed to re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence,” she said.

A source close to Ms Ng­wenya said the two had al­legedly been in a re­la­tion­ship for about five years.

The source said on the fate­ful day, Ma­ho­homa vis­ited Ms Ng­wenya at around 4PM.

Ms Ng­wenya, a trained nurse from Hwange dis­trict, got a job in May this year and was de­ployed to Nkayi dis­trict.

Ma­ho­homa’s Tues­day visit was the sec­ond in less than a week after he vis­ited Ms Ng­wenya mid last week and that is when she in­formed him that they could not con­tinue with the af­fair be­cause she had es­tab­lished that he was mar­ried.

Ma­ho­homa is said to have turned vi­o­lent prompt­ing Ms Ng­wenya to seek a peace or­der which she was granted.

On Saturday, Ma­ho­homa re­turned to his fam­ily which is in Hwange town only to re­turn on Tues­day when he al­legedly mur­dered Ms Ng­wenya.

The source said Ms Ng­wenya was about to leave her house when she met Ma­ho­homa who then at­tacked her with­out say­ing a word. He al­legedly as­saulted her all over the body with an iron bar be­fore bash­ing her head sev­eral times with a brick and she died on the spot.

Nkayi Dis­trict Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Dr Tha­bani Moyo said Ms Ng­wenya had just knocked off when she was mur­dered.

“We are told a passerby tried to in­ter­vene but Ma­ho­homa was too pow­er­ful for him. See­ing that he wouldn’t back off, the passerby rushed to the po­lice sta­tion and re­ported the mat­ter. By the time po­lice ar­rived, Ma­ho­homa had fled from the scene.

Po­lice how­ever caught up with him while look­ing for lifts along Nkayi Road and ar­rested him,” said Dr Moyo.

He said Ms Ng­wenya was un­der­go­ing an in­duc­tion at Nkayi dis­trict hos­pi­tal be­fore mov­ing to Fan­soni Coun­cil Clinic where she had been de­ployed.

Mem­bers of staff close to Ms Ng­wenya said they saw Ma­ho­homa whom they knew as her boyfriend ear­lier on the fate­ful day car­ry­ing a metal bar say­ing he was look­ing for Ms Ng­wenya.

They said at one time they spot­ted him drink­ing beer at a bar at Nkayi Busi­ness Cen­tre.—@win­nie_ masara THE Gov­ern­ment and the po­lice have ex­pressed reser­va­tions on the opening of a don­key abat­toir in Umguza amid fears that the meat might be sold lo­cally.

A lo­cal com­pany, Bat­tle­front In­vest­ments is build­ing a $150 000 don­key abat­toir, the first in the coun­try that will have the ca­pac­ity to dress more than 70 an­i­mals a day.

Re­cently, the com­pany’s man­ag­ing direc­tor Mr Gareth Lums­den said their abat­toir is set to be com­pleted by end of this month.

He said they have since started buy­ing don­keys for slaugh­ter.

Yes­ter­day, Agri­cul­ture, Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Ir­ri­ga­tion Devel­op­ment Deputy Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Live­stock, Cde Paddy Zhanda said eat­ing don­key meat is ta­boo in Zim­babwe and from a Gov­ern­ment point of view, they want as­sur­ance that the don­key meat would not find its way into the lo­cal market.

The Deputy Min­is­ter said this dur­ing a visit to the abat­toir with a del­e­ga­tion that in­cluded Min­istry of­fi­cials and mem­bers of the Po­lice Anti-Stock Theft Unit.

“There is a lobby group that is to­tally against this abat­toir and Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion is that don­key meat can­not be con­sumed in Zim­babwe. We there­fore want as­sur­ance that this don­key meat will not find its way into lo­cal butcheries,” said Cde Zhanda.

He said mem­bers of the pub­lic wanted Gov­ern­ment to pro­tect them from the risk of con­sum­ing don­key meat with­out their knowl­edge.

“We there­fore have an obli­ga­tion to put mea­sures in place to en­sure don­key meat is not sold in lo­cal butcheries.

The National co-co­or­di­na­tor of the po­lice anti stock theft Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Eras­mus Makodza said many farmers had raised con­cern after learn­ing of the planned opening of the don­key abat­toir. He said farmers feel that their don­keys would be stolen. “Gen­er­ally when we are on our or­di­nary aware­ness cam­paigns we deal with live­stock farmers.

‘‘Farmers are now wor­ried that there will be an up­surge in thefts of don­keys,” said Snr Ass Comm Makodza.

He said there was also con­cern that some meat would find its way to the lo­cal market.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­pany said they were ey­ing a ready market in China and no don­key meat will find its way into the lo­cal market.

Yes­ter­day’s visit by the Deputy Min­is­ter and his del­e­ga­tion to the abat­toir comes a week after an­i­mal con­ser­va­tion­ists crit­i­cised the planned slaugh­ter of don­keys for com­mer­cial pur­poses.

The con­ser­va­tion­ists made the re­marks in a joint state­ment by Aware Trust Zim­babwe, Vet­eri­nar­i­ans for An­i­mal Wel­fare Zim­babwe, Lu­pane Youth for Devel­op­ment Trust, the Zim­babwe National So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals and Spana.

“It is with grave con­cern that the above or­gan­i­sa­tions have learned about the pro­posed don­key abat­toir in Mata­bele­land, Zim­babwe. We would like to high­light the pos­si­ble so­cioe­co­nomic, an­i­mal wel­fare and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­se­quences that might re­sult from such a ven­ture, and en­lighten the Zim­bab­wean pub­lic on the ex­pe­ri­ence of other coun­tries that have li­censed don­key abat­toirs in Africa. Given that the global don­key pop­u­la­tion is only 44 mil­lion, this in­sa­tiable de­mand is sim­ply not sus­tain­able,” the state­ment said.

“Zim­babwe has an es­ti­mated pop­u­la­tion of 150 000 don­keys, spread over the com­mu­nal ar­eas where they are an in­te­gral part of com­mu­nity life. The pro­posed abat­toir in Mata­bele­land has an abil­ity to process 70 an­i­mals per day. If sup­ply met de­mand, us­ing 300 work­ing days per year, the pop­u­la­tion of don­keys could be de­creased by 21 000 don­keys per year.”

The con­ser­va­tion­ists said housed in un­hab­it­u­ated groups, don­keys suf­fer from a stress-in­duced con­di­tion called hy­per­lipemia, which can kill them.

“There is no eth­i­cally ac­cept­able method of in­ten­sively farm­ing don­keys and the de­mand for the skin trade far ex­ceeds the rate at which they can be pro­duced. While some lo­cal farmers may ben­e­fit from the short-term sale of their don­keys, they are un­likely to be aware of the long-term con­se­quences of this trade. The im­por­tance of the work­ing don­key to com­mu­nal farmers can­not be over­stated,” the or­gan­i­sa­tions added. — @ Kiyaz_Cool

The late Ms Bril­liant Ng­wenya and (inset) Tawanda Ma­ho­homa next to her body

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