Two people were reportedly killed in bar-related disputes in Gweru exposing bar operators’ violation of COVID-19 regulations that order them to remain closed.
Five people have since been arrested in Midlands province over the alleged two separate murder cases that happened over the Easter holidays.
In the first incident, two men and a woman were arrested on allegations of fatally stabbing 20-year-old Edwin Masango, following a dispute over a woman at Sponono Bar in Gweru.
In another incident, 40-year old Tapiwa Manjonjo from Hukuimwe village in Buhera died after allegedly being assaulted and thrown into a dam over theft of a cellphone at Amapongogwe bar in Shurugwi.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Midlands Spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko confirmed the two incidents. Speaking to ZBC News Mahoko said:
It is noted that the two cases occurred at beer halls in a situation where a national lockdown put in place by the government as a strategy to fight the spread of COVID 19 requires beer halls to remain closed. We call upon all citizens and business operators to be responsible and heed the call by the government. Police cannot be everywhere at all times. We call upon members of the public who witness any illegalities to alert the nearest police station so that action is taken.
Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko identified the suspects of the Sponono bar incident as McDonald Mpanda (31), Innocent Msipa (44) and Tendai Faith (26).
Suspects in the Amapongogwe bar incident include Elvis Mthombeni aged 36 and the 30-year-old Progress Mushaya.
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