2 killed in bru­tal she­been ma­chete attack

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Tshuma’s body lay in a twisted heap in the corridor with nu­mer­ous deep gashes.

The ground out­side looked like a scene from an epic bat­tle with dried blood and skid marks. Some women were wail­ing un­con­trol­lably, call­ing for jus­tice.

Mr Chipinda said the armed gang at­tacked them while they were seated around a fire out­side the house while en­joy­ing beer. “We were five and seated out­side the house in a cabin that we use as a kitchen while drink­ing our beer. It was around 9PM when the gang just ap­peared from the dark,” he said.

Mr Chipinda said he was hit on the head with an empty beer bot­tle and fled into the house.

“I locked the door. But the gang, num­ber­ing about 13, chopped down the door with ma­chetes,” he said.

“I tried to es­cape us­ing the other exit. Un­for­tu­nately, they had sur­rounded the house and one of them stabbed me on the ab­domen with a knife. I heard one of them shout­ing that I wasn’t the one they were look­ing for, so they let me go.” He said the gang left soon af­ter­wards. “When I went out­side to check on the oth­ers, Tafadzwa was ly­ing on the ground near the gate. It looks like he was try­ing to es­cape and they got hold of him and cut him up badly with the ma­chetes. Tshuma looked dead in the corridor,” said Mr Chipinda.

“Chib­haro and Nor­est were also ly­ing on the ground. Blood was gush­ing from deep cuts on their bod­ies and they were scream­ing for help.”

He said he blacked out mo­men­tar­ily. “When I re­gained my senses, I called po­lice,” Mr Chipinda said. Some neigh­bours said they may know the gang. “Tafadzwa was seen whip­ping one of them with a sjam­bok two days back, so it could be em­a­nat­ing from that case. I think it was a re­venge mis­sion,” said a neigh­bour on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Mid­lands Pro­vin­cial Spokesper­son, As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Ethel Muk­wende could nei­ther con­firm nor deny the in­ci­dent. “I can nei­ther con­firm nor deny the mat­ter. I am ac­tu­ally hearing it from you, I will be able to com­ment af­ter I re­ceive the de­tails,” she said.

The grue­some mur­der comes amid an out­cry from Kwekwe res­i­dents who are liv­ing in fear of the ma­chete at­tacks that usu­ally em­anate from fights over min­ing pits. PO­LICE have called on po­lit­i­cal par­ties to act within the con­fines of the law as they in­ten­sify their cam­paigns ahead of the forth­com­ing har­monised elec­tions set for July 30.

The po­lice say they are pre­pared to en­sure that the elec­tions are held in a peace­ful, vi­o­lence free and con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment.

Ad­dress­ing the media in Harare yes­ter­day, po­lice com­man­der for the 2018 har­monised elec­tions committee, Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Eras­mus Makodza, com­mended po­lit­i­cal par­ties for the peace­ful demon­stra­tion and march held this week.

“Firstly, as Com­man­der ZRP 2018 Har­monised Elec­tions, I would like to com­mend po­lit­i­cal par­ties for the peace and main­te­nance of law and or­der that char­ac­terised the pro­ces­sion and ral­lies held in Harare on the 5th and 6th of June 2018. In this vein, I urge mem­bers of the pub­lic and po­lit­i­cal par­ties to con­tinue ex­hibit­ing val­ues and virtues of peace, non-vi­o­lent con­duct and above all ob­ser­vance of the rule of law,” said Snr Asst Comm Makodza.

He urged tol­er­ance within po­lit­i­cal par­ties as the coun­try was now in an elec­tion mode fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s re­cent procla­ma­tion of July 30 as the elec­tion date.

“The Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice would like to as­sure mem­bers of the pub­lic and all stake­hold­ers that it is ready and geared to en­sure that the forth­com­ing har­monised elec­tions are held in a peace­ful, vi­o­lence free and con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment.

“It is ap­par­ent that po­lit­i­cal par­ties have in­ten­si­fied their cam­paigns through ral­lies, meet­ings and var­i­ous gath­er­ings, I thus urge all to act within the con­fines of the law and ob­serve po­lit­i­cal tol­er­ance through­out the elec­tion pe­riod,” he said.

Snr Asst Comm Makodza warned that po­lice would not tolerate any forms of un­ruly be­hav­iour and acts of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence, say­ing of­fend­ers would be dealt with ac­cord­ingly. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to re­port any form of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence which in­cludes threats, in­tim­i­da­tion or as­sault to any near­est po­lice sta­tion with­out fear or favour and re­fer them to court for pros­e­cu­tion,” he said.

The MDC Al­liance held a peace­ful demon­stra­tion where they handed over a pe­ti­tion to the Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (Zec) de­mand­ing elec­toral re­forms in Harare on Tues­day.

On Wed­nes­day, Zanu-PF youths also held a sol­i­dar­ity march in Harare in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s call for peace­ful and cred­i­ble elec­tions, stress­ing that no in­vestor wanted to put his money where there was no peace. — @Aux­il­iaK

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