ZRP has released statistics that revealed that 16 people were murdered in the space of one week as it expressed concern over the rise in murder cases countrywide, the Chronicle reports.
This was revealed by ZRP National Spokesperson Assitant Commissioner Paul Nyathi who said;
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) notes with concern the upsurge in murder cases during the period extending from 13 to 19 August 2020 where 16 cases were recorded countrywide. It is disturbing that some no longer value the sanctity of life.
During this national lockdown period unnecessary gatherings should be shunned and some of these murders are occurring during illegal beer drinking sprees. Infidelity has also contributed to the number of recorded murder cases for the period under review.
The ZRP 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 dispute. The police are also available to assist families in resolving difference.
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi shared a few incidences that led to the 16 deaths in one week and said:
- Two women aged 19 and 22 were also killed in matters relating to infidelity.
- A 21-year-old man who was found near a tuck-shop was accused of being a thief before he was killed
- A man from Tsholotsho killed his father for reprimanding him during a funeral wake after he scolded mourners
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