Man’s belly ripped open in $1,50 beer money row

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

A 30-YEAR-OLD man from Gwanda is bat­tling for life in the in­ten­sive care unit at the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals (UBH) af­ter his cousin ripped open his stom­ach with a knife over $1, 50.

Mata­bele­land South provin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Chief In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele con­firmed the in­ci­dent which oc­curred on Mon­day at around 7PM in Mt­s­hazo Vil­lage.

He said Amkela Moyo (38), who is on the run, gave Kholisani Sibanda $1, 50 to buy beer for them but he con­verted it to per­sonal use re­sult­ing in the al­ter­ca­tion.

“I can con­firm that we recorded an at­tempted mur­der case in Mt­s­hazo Vil­lage where a man stabbed his brother in the stom­ach with an okapi knife over $1, 50. The now hospitalised Kholisani Sibanda was drink­ing beer with his brother Amkela Moyo at Mt­s­hazo Busi­ness Cen­tre.

“Moyo gave his younger brother $1, 50 and told him to buy beer. Sibanda didn’t buy the beer but went on to use the money. On their way home, Moyo con­fronted his (cousin) brother and de­manded the money back since he had not bought the beer but Sibanda failed to pro­duce it. Moyo pro­duced an okapi knife and stabbed his brother in the stom­ach leav­ing some in­testines pro­trud­ing,” he said.

Chief Insp Nde­bele said Moyo fled from the scene leav­ing his vic­tim ly­ing on the ground. He said Sibanda was as­sisted by some peo­ple who fer­ried him to the Gwanda District Hos­pi­tal. He was trans­ferred to UBH where he is still ad­mit­ted.

The po­lice spokesper­son said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way and ap­pealed to mem­bers of the pub­lic who have in­for­ma­tion on Moyo’s where­abouts to re­port at any po­lice sta­tion near them.

“We con­tinue to ap­peal to mem­bers of the pub­lic to de­sist from en­gag­ing in vi­o­lence in a bid to re­solve dis­putes. A man has been left se­ri­ously in­jured just be­cause of $1, 50 which is a petty is­sue. To make mat­ters worse these peo­ple are broth­ers.

“We also ap­peal to mem­bers of the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion that could lead to the ar­rest of Moyo to con­tact any po­lice sta­tion near them,” he said.—@DubeMatutu

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