The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has expressed concern over the high number of “senseless murders” reported in a short period of time across the country.
In a statement on Thursday, National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi revealed that 16 murder cases were reported countrywide between 13 and 19 August 2020, most of them attributable to infidelity and illegal beer-drinking sprees. The statement read:
ESCALATION OF MURDER CASES
The Zimbabwe Republic Police notes with concern the upsurge in murder cases during the period extending from 13 to 19 August 2020 where sixteen (16) cases were recorded countrywide.
It is disturbing that some people no longer value the sanctity of human life.
Two cases of patricide were recorded in Tsholotsho and Mutare where two fathers were murdered by their own sons over petty disputes.
In one of the cases, the accused person scolded mourners at a funeral and when his father tried to admonish him, he assaulted him with a three-legged fire stand, leading to his death.
During this national lock-down period, unnecessary gatherings should be shunned as some of these murders are occurring during illegal beer-drinking sprees.
In the other case which occurred in Mutare, a man (37) accused his father (65) of cheating on his mother during a beer drink and assaulted him by pulling his private parts.
Infidelity has also contributed to the number of recorded murder cases for the period under review.
In Dema, a 22-year-old female adult was murdered by her boyfriend on 16 August 2020.
In Rimuka, Kadoma, another 19-year-old female was fatally stabbed with a knife for permitting the accused person’s girlfriend to meet with another man at her residence.
Meanwhile, in Goromonzi, an eighty-year-old woman was found dead at her homestead with her legs tied and her face swollen.
In Epworth, Harare, a sixty-six-year-old man was also found dead in his house, with wounds on the chest, stomach and broken right
On 18 August 2020, two men fatally assaulted a 21-year-old man whom they found outside their tuck-shop and accused him of attempting to steal.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police urges members of the public not to take the law into their own hands.
Members of the public are encouraged to find amicable ways of resolving their differences whenever they fail to find common ground.
Traditional leaders, the church, close family members and counselling experts should assist parties in finding common ground whenever there is a dispute.
The Police are also available to assist families in resolving differences.
(NYATHI.P) Assistant Commissioner
Senior Staff Officer [Press, Public Relations]
To the Commissioner-General of Police
Police General Headquarters