Combating murder cases
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.