By A Correspondent- A beer brawl ended in tragedy after a 32-year-old man from Bikita was stabbed to death by his drinking partner over a US$1 change.
Maxwell Vengai of Dambo Village under Chief Budzi died after he was stabbed with a knife by his friend Wilson Mudurirwa (32) who had sent him to buy Chibuku Super at Chikuku business centre in Bikita.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident saying;
“I can confirm that a 32 year old Bikita man was fatally stabbed by a friend after a dispute over US$1.”
According to the police report, the duo arrived at Chikuku Business Centre around 2 pm and Mudurirwa gave Vengai US$1 so that he can purchase one Chibuku Super.
The two allegedly consumed the Chibuku beer together and spent the whole afternoon drinking and roaming around.
It is further alleged that the duo departed for Mushafamba Business Centre and at around 5 pm, Mudurirwa demanded his change from Vengai who then told him that the Chibuku Super actually cost US$1.
A heated exchange of words between the two erupted and Mudurirwa in the heat of the argument drew a knife from his pocket and stabbed Vengai once in the stomach.
Vengai fell down and upon noticing that he had committed a crime, Mudurirwa fled from the scene.
Mandienga (35) and Admire Dambo (24) who were passing by noticed Vengai lying on the ground and rushed to help him seek medical attention.
Vengai was rushed to Chikuku clinic where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Mudurirwa is still at large and a police manhunt has since been launched.
Inspector Dhewa urged members of the public to avoid the use of violence especially when they are under the influence of alcohol.We urge members of the public to by all means avoid use of violence when there is a dispute especially when intoxicated,” said Dhewa.