Full Text: ZRP Statement On Rising Murder Cases
5 August 2021

ZRP statement on rising murder cases

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is concerned with murder cases which are emanating from petty family, friends, and beer drinking disputes in the country.

In some of the cases, people will be contravening the Government’s COVID-19 national lockdown restrictions and safety measures.

On 31st July 2021, a 38-year-old man was fatally assaulted by a suspect only known as Mosquito after a misunderstanding during a beer drinking spree, at an open space in Unit L, Seke, Chitungwiza.

On 2nd August 2021, a Chikuti man (42) was fatally struck once on the head with a brick by his friend after a quarrel over US$60 he borrowed from the suspect. The victim was referred to Mtala Clinic where he was pronounced dead on admission.

On the same date, and at a certain bottle store in Zaka, a 35-year-old man struck a male adult aged 72 with a wooden chair once on the head, after his token of appreciation request, for assisting the victim to rescue his trapped cow, was turned down by the victim.

On 28 July 2021, at around 0900 hours, a 92-year-old man was attacked by a suspected mentally challenged man (29) who wrestled him and took away his walking stick before striking him once on the head for unknown reasons. The victim was referred to Shamva Hospital where he died on 1st August 2021.

The suspect was arrested and has since appeared before Bindura Magistrate Court where he was remanded in custody.

In a related case, Police are investigating an attempted murder case which occurred on 1st August 2021, in Dete, where a 20-year-old man struck the complainant once on the head with an axe over allegations that the complainant and her husband were denying him groceries bought by his mother who is in South Africa. The suspect has since been arrested.

Meanwhile, Police have arrested Duncan Xolani Hadebe (35) in connection with a case of attempted murder that occurred on 31st July 2021, in which the suspect fired two live rounds with an EN rifle towards the complainant after a land dispute.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police urges Zimbabweans to value human life and resolve differences through peaceful means.