Com­bat­ing mur­der cases

The Manica Post - - Crime Watch - Ter­rence H Nyanzira

LIFE is a right to ev­ery­one hence its in­clu­sion as one of the fun­da­men­tal rights of cit­i­zens in Zim­babwe’s con­sti­tu­tion (Sec­tion 48).

This edi­tion once again dis­cusses mur­der crimes. It comes against a back­ground where po­lice at na­tional level have voiced con­cern on the rise of mur­der cases over a very short space of time and this prov­ince has not been spared.

Peo­ple re­main un­con­cerned about the sanc­tity of hu­man life. They are killing each other over sim­ple is­sues that could be solved am­i­ca­bly be­cause of fail­ing to con­trol their tem­pers.

The pre­vi­ous edi­tion of this col­umn cited do­mes­tic vi­o­lence em­a­nat­ing from cases of in­fi­delity among other so­cial ills as con­tribut­ing fac­tors to mur­der.

The po­lice find it help­ful to cite ex­am­ples of cases in the prov­ince that have haunted the com­mu­nity high­light­ing cir­cum­stances that led to the oc­cur­rence. The Head­lands case, un­der Rusape District is one such ex­am­ple.

A man found his wife talk­ing to an­other man at his homestead. This did not go down well with the man as he sus­pected his wife of hav­ing an ex­tra mar­i­tal af­fair. He took a log and as­saulted her. While run­ning she met her brother and the two teamed up to as­sault her hus­band who sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries and died upon admission at hos­pi­tal.

This case could have been avoided if both par­ties ex­hib­ited a to­tal re­spect of the law and hu­man life.

As Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice we are urg­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to de­sist from en­gag­ing in vi­o­lent acts to solve do­mes­tic dis­putes. The po­lice from this year will in­ten­sify cam­paigns against mur­der.

At some beer out­lets, peo­ple are now get­ting out of con­trol be­cause of drunk­en­ness to the ex­tent of fight­ing which ends up in loss of life.

Peo­ple should de­sist from ex­ces­sive drink­ing and in­dul­gence in drug and sub­stance abuse. The dan­ger here is some­times you drink with your en­e­mies who can take an ad­van­tage of your drunk­en­ness.

Some crim­i­nals have a ten­dency of provoca­tive sit­u­a­tions which trig­ger vi­o­lent acts so as to com­mit crimes, in the con­fu­sion do not be lured into this sce­nario.

Peo­ple are also killing each other over triv­ial mat­ters.

A few months ago, Nyanyadzi man re­quested his change from a shop­keeper. When the shop­keeper told him that she had al­ready given him his change, an al­ter­ca­tion en­sued be­tween the two. He then as­saulted the shop­keeper and then an­other man came to re­frain the ac­cused per­son from as­sault­ing the shop­keeper.

The ac­cused per­son turned onto the man by strik­ing him on the fore­head with a snooker stick and bit him on the shoul­der. The vic­tim sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries and died on admission at hos­pi­tal.

The Tuesday edi­tion of The Her­ald, sis­ter pa­per to this pub­li­ca­tion, car­ried a state­ment where Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba urged peo­ple to re­frain from us­ing vi­o­lence in re­solv­ing their dif­fer­ences.

She reg­is­tered Po­lice con­cern over the up­surge in the use of leathal weapons such as knives, ma­chetes, logs, and stones to com­mit mur­der in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try in the last two weeks. In more dis­turb­ing cases, she cited the death of ju­ve­niles through use of ex­ces­sive force when dis­ci­plin­ing them.

We are also urg­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port cases as soon as pos­si­ble when­ever such cases are com­mit­ted.

This en­ables proper scene at­ten­dance by preserving the scene, lesson­ing tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence, re­cov­ery of ex­hibits and ar­rest­ing of ac­cused per­sons. Ac­count­ing for crim­i­nals is one sure way of dis­cour­ag­ing the ten­dency to com­mit crime.

Mean­while, the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice is ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of the pub­lic to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion which can lead to the ar­rest of wanted per­son Richard Ka­man­gira.

He is a male adult aged 32, brown in com­plex­ion and is 1,6 me­ters tall. His last known ad­dress is 112 Maonde Sakubva, Mutare.

He is wanted in con­nec­tion with a case of theft which oc­curred at Grain Mar­ket­ing Board De­pot Mutare. The ac­cused stole maize grain worth $11 544-00.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Detective As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Nya­mawere on cell num­ber 0714 504 698/ 0772 956 999, CID Mutare 02020 65645, ZRP Press and Pub­lic Re­la­tions Man­i­ca­land 0202 66637 or re­port to their near­est Po­lice sta­tion.

Pre­vent­ing Crime is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.

◆ In­serted By: ZRP Press and Pub­lic Re­la­tions Man­i­ca­land.

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