Taxi driver mur­dered

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Lib­erty Dube Post Cor­re­spon­dent

A 34 YEAR-OLD dread-locked taxi driver from Rusape was on Sun­day grue­somely mur­dered and his body was dis­cov­ered with deep stab wounds on the back.

Em­manuel Ng­warati, aka Manex, of 1089 in Mab­vazuva high-den­sity sub­urb in Rusape, was found blind­folded with a cloth and had his hands and legs tied with ca­bles. He had been stabbed four times leav­ing deep wounds on the back.

Po­lice con­firmed the mur­der, which hap­pened near Zi­mati Farm on the 175 km peg along Harare-Mutare road.

He was yes­ter­day laid to rest in Madeekunze Vil­lage in Beze­ley Bridge where scores of mourn­ers gath­ered to pay their last re­spects.

Em­manuel’s fa­ther said they were deeply sad­dened by the un­timely loss.

“It is sad that we had to lose Em­manuel this way. We re­ceived the sad news on Sun­day and drove to Rusape. We dis­cov­ered that he had been hired by a client and was stabbed about four times. The body was dumped be­fore Rusape Dam. We pray and be­lieve that by God’s grace and will, the per­pe­tra­tor will be caught soon,” said Mr Ng­warati.

Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Tavhir­ingwa Kako­hwa said po­lice had launched a man­hunt for the mur­derer and would bring the per­pe­tra­tor to book.

“Em­manuel left home driv­ing his ve­hi­cle, a Mazda 323, which he used as a taxi. Cephas Marimba (34) of Plot 6, Zi­mati farm who was on his way to church saw Em­manuel’s body and made a re­port to po­lice.

“De­tec­tives at­tended the scene and dis­cov­ered that he was blind­folded with a cloth while his hands and legs were tied with a brown can­vas belt.

“He had stabbed wounds on the back and had deep cuts on the left thigh and left arm. There were also skid marks at the scene,” he said.

His body was taken to the mor­tu­ary. Insp Kako­hwa ap­pealed to mem­bers of the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of the per­pe­tra­tor to con­tact near­est po­lice sta­tion.

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