Former Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) secretary-general and aspiring Member of Parliament for Epworth Zivai Mhetu yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa on allegations of murdering his wife.
He was released on $100 bail after the investigating officer indicated that he was yet to obtain a full post-mortem. As part of his bail conditions, Mhetu was ordered to report to the police once a week, not to interfere with witnesses and to continue residing at 3587 Tynwald North, Harare, until the matter is finalised. He was remanded to February 23 for routine remand pending finalisation of investigations into the matter.
The court heard that on February 7 this year, Mhetu, who had been having marital problems with his late wife, reportedly assaulted her on the face and thighs. He allegedly went on to strangle her before taking her to a private medical facility in Belvedere, Harare, where she was treated. Mhetu’s wife was however, later referred to Parirenyatwa Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. A post-mortem done by Dr Matshalaga was not conclusive, and she sent specimens to a Government analyst for a toxicology examination whose results are still pending. The matter was initially reported and taken as a case of sudden death, but due to further investigations, the police later decided to prefer murder charges against Mhetu.
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