Man ‘axed’, thrown in dis­used mine

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Michael Magoronga Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent Paidamoyo Chipunza Harare Bureau

A MAN was killed and his body dumped in a dis­used mine in Silo­bela.

The body of the man iden­ti­fied as Bukhosi Dube was dis­cov­ered with a de­formed face in the pit by passersby who spot­ted a trail of blood lead­ing to the pit. The in­ci­dent comes amid an out­cry from peo­ple in the Mid­lands prov­ince who are living in fear due to an up­surge in crimes in­volv­ing dan­ger­ous weapons in the gold rich prov­ince.

Silo­bela leg­is­la­tor, Cde Mthokozisi Manoki Mpofu, con­firmed the in­ci­dent which hap­pened at the week­end. GOV­ERN­MENT has de­ferred the na­tional roll­out of do­lute­gravir, an anti-retro­vi­ral drug, to ado­les­cent girls and women of child-bear­ing age, fol­low­ing re­ports from Botswana that the drug was as­so­ci­ated with birth de­for­mi­ties in in­fants born to HIV-pos­i­tive moth­ers tak­ing the drug at the time of con­cep­tion.

“Yes, I re­ceived the re­port but let me re­fer you to the vil­lage head who will give you the finer de­tails,” he said.

Head­man Mt­shik­it­sha, real name Sikhum­buzo Dlodlo, said the body was dis­cov­ered by passersby on Mon­day morn­ing.

“The body of Bukhosi was dis­cov­ered by peo­ple who were just passing by who no­ticed trails of blood lead­ing to the shaft. They de­cided to fol­low it up and they dis­cov­ered the body which had a de­formed head,” he said.

Head­man Mt­shik­it­sha said an axe with a bro­ken han­dle, which they sus­pect was used in the at­tack, was also dis­cov­ered near the mine.

He said a sus­pect, Joy­man Ndlovu, was ar­rested and was as­sist­ing po­lice with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“Ndlovu is in po­lice cus­tody and from what I gath­ered he ad­mit­ted to the charge and is as­sist­ing po­lice with in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” Head­man Mt­shik­it­sha said.

He said the mur­der is a re­sult of a mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two who were last seen drink­ing together on Sun­day evening.

“It looks like the two had a mis­un­der­stand­ing which led to Ndlovu com­mit­ting the act. But we can­not con­clude, we wait for the out­come of the court,” Head­man Mt­shik­it­sha said.

Mid­lands Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Spokesper­son, As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Ethel Muk­wende, could not con­firm the in­ci­dent say­ing that she was yet to re­ceive the re­port.

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