The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed the arrest of a third suspect in the murder of seven-year-old Murehwa boy Tapiwa Makore (Junior) in September this year.
National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, on Monday confirmed the arrest of Moud Hunidzarira (42) in Budiriro following a tip-off by the public.
Hunidzarira is alleged to have been in Murehwa when the murder occurred and a few days later was seen by some neighbours in Harare, cleaning an item that had blood. Ass. Comm. Nyathi said:
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The ZRP has arrested a third suspect in connection with the death of Tapiwa Makore. The suspect, Moud Hunidzarira (42), has since appeared in court.
She was arrested after a tip-off. She was seen cleaning an item with blood, believed to be that of the late Tapiwa Makore in Budiriro, and this culminated in her arrest. We are still carrying out investigations.
Tapiwa Makore Sr (57), who is an older brother to the murdered boy’s father, Munyaradzi, and his herdsman Tafadzwa Shamba, are alleged to have carried the murder and harvested body parts for ritual purposes.
Reports allege that on 17 September around midday, Shamba lured the boy from his family garden to the home of Makore (senior), detaining him in the dining room, after giving him food.
Makore and Shamba then carried Tapiwa to a secluded place shortly after midnight where the latter used a knife to cut off the boy’s head.
The two have both appeared in court and were remanded in custody.