Man torches fam­ily home­stead

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A 23-year-old old Lower Gweru man torched his fam­ily home­stead in a fit of rage over an undis­closed is­sue on Christ­mas Day leav­ing the fam­ily home­less and all prop­erty de­stroyed.

The man Man­dumi Nh­lani of Madinga Vil­lage Ward 7 in Vungu who is an ar­ti­sanal miner (umako­rokoza) left for a beer drink at a lo­cal wa­ter­ing hole and re­turned home where he started caus­ing com­mo­tion threat­en­ing to beat up his fam­ily mem­bers.

Na­tional Assem­bly Mem­ber for Vungu Con­stituency Cde Omega Sibanda told Sun­day News that the in­ci­dent had sent shock waves across the area as the man had not been pro­voked.

“He came from a drink­ing spree and found his grand­mother, Mrs Ju­dith Thema sit­ting with Ronny Nh­lano, a brother to Man­dumi and his heav­ily preg­nant wife who was cook­ing in the kitchen. He an­nounced that he wanted to kill peo­ple and bury them in a pit. He then picked up a small child who was near him and threat­ened to throw him on the ground head­long,” said Cde Sibanda.

He went on; “He then took a pot of stew that was cook­ing on the fire­place and spilled the con­tents and this is when the daugh­ter-in-law, MaGumbo ran away and alerted a neigh­bour of what was hap­pen­ing. This is when Man­dumi torched four huts at the home­stead and fled.”

Lo­cal vil­lage boys fol­lowed in hot pur­suit and only man­aged to over­power him by cut­ting off a chunk of flesh from his leg so as to pre­vent him from at­tack­ing peo­ple as he was un­con­trol­lable and vi­o­lent dur­ing that time.

The four huts were razed to the ground and all prop­erty was de­stroyed in­clud­ing Pres­i­den­tial In­puts like seed and fer­tiliser, birth cer­tifi­cates, Na­tional Iden­tity doc­u­ments and also all the clothes and ac­ces­sories for the un­born baby.

Cde Sibanda said he had to source food from the Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tors of­fice to as­sist the big fam­ily which was cur­rently housed by Zanu-PF mem­ber for the Women’s League in that area, Mrs Rebecca Sibanda-Dube. He is also ap­peal­ing to those who can as­sist to help with clothes and toi­letries as the fam­ily was left with the clothes they were wear­ing.

Cde Sibanda be­moaned the high rate of crime in his con­stituency say­ing the youth need to be pro­duc­tive in or­der to avoid en­gag­ing in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Cde Sibanda urged the Vungu Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil to take se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tions when is­su­ing liquor li­cences as some busi­ness­peo­ple were sell­ing al­co­hol to mi­nors.

“Adults can drink, we do not mind but it be­comes a chal­lenge when we see 10-year-olds be­ing al­lowed to buy and con­sume al­co­hol by the op­er­a­tors. Again we find bot­tle stores opened as early as 6am to 2am the next day, the op­er­at­ing times must be revised and stuck to,” he pleaded.

The MP fur­ther said it was im­por­tant to en­sure that peo­ple do not carry ma­chetes, knobker­ries and knives when they move around as they then use them to com­mit heinous crimes.

Cde Sibanda also said many youths were com­mit­ting sui­cide and mur­der very of­ten which he said was wor­ry­ing as they are spend­ing a lot of time at­tend­ing to fu­ner­als of the very young in­stead of fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues.

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