A Shurugwi man died in a hail of bullets while he was loitering in a maize field after the farm owner mistook him for a wild pig (warthog).
The deceased is Godfrey Musuruvari (46)who was shot dead last week by Elias Mupupumi. He died upon admission at Gweru Provincial Hospital.
The incident has been confirmed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police. Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko had this to say:
We are investigating a case where a 46-year-old male was shot in the maize field after being mistaken for a warthog. Circumstances are that on 7 February at Marula Farm in Shurugwi, Mpupuni received information from his brother-in-law to the effect that warthogs were in his maize field.
He rushed to the fields armed with a 7mm shotgun rifle loaded with one round. Upon seeing a moving object, he suspected it to be a warthog and he shot in that direction.
Upon checking the target, he discovered that he had shot Musuruvari on the left side and he was bleeding profusely.
The farmer was arrested and is helping police with investigations.