The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has expressed concern over an increase of cases of drowning across the country despite repeated warnings to members of the public against crossing flooded rivers.
This follows the drowning of a health worker at Chambara River in Mwenezi and the drowning of three boys in Gwayi River while on a fishing expedition on Wednesday.
In a statement, the ZRP said the health worker from Mwenezi and his colleague drowned after their vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, was stuck in the mud at Chambara River.
The incident occurred on Thursday when the victim and his colleague remained in the vehicle overnight waiting for daybreak so that they could find a way to extricate their vehicle from the quag.
However, following heavy rains during the night, water levels rose whilst the two were stuck in the vehicle and upon trying to escape, the victim was swept away.
In another case, police are investigating the murder of an illegal gold panner who was allegedly stabbed to death by his colleagues while sharing their proceeds.
The ZRP is investigating a case of murder which occurred at Muzinda Shopping Centre, Hatcliffe, Harare, on 28/01/21 at about 1240 hrs.
The victim was struck by a brick and stabbed by a home-made knife on the back after a dispute over the sharing of proceeds from illegal mining escapades in Mazowe.
Meanwhile, a manhunt has been launched on the two suspects only known as Geshem Nyamhingura and Bobbie.