By A Correspondent- A Victoria Falls landlord, Gift Kazembe is facing attempted murder charges after he removed his tenant’s eye over US$3 rent arrears.
Kazembe appeared before a Victoria Falls magistrate for plugging out Brian Karemba’s eye in June when his monthly due was short by US$3.
The court heard that Karemba told his 44-year-old landlord that he did not have the money as he was struggling as he was no longer working, but the latter allegedly used a log to attack his tenant and injured his eye in the process.
Victoria Falls magistrate gave the case a more prolonged remand to next month due to Covid-19 regulations and allowed Karemba to heal after doctors removed the eye on June 17.
“It was around 11 PM when he got back from Shoestrings nightclub, and he came to my room where he asked for his outstanding rentals. I told him that l did not have enough money as I was short with US$3”.
Kazembe punched Karemba several times, causing him to sustain injuries on the face and head and a deep cut on the left eye.
Karemba was rushed to Victoria Falls Hospital and was transferred to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) where he was admitted until being operated on to remove the eye on June 17.