A villager from Mutasa District, Manicaland Province has left fellow villagers in shock after demanding his lobola back from his in-laws before burning his mother’s kitchen hut to ashes.
Knowledge Manhanga (31) from Domborutinhira went berserk following an argument with his wife over a domestic issue.
He appeared before Mutare magistrate Rumbidzai Kabasa facing two counts of arson and was found guilty. He was expected to be sentenced today.
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Prosecutors told the court that that sometime this month, the accused had an argument with his wife (not named in the State papers) over a domestic issue.
Manhanga’s wife went back to her parents. On the same day at around 9 pm, Manhanga followed his wife at his father-in-law, Charles Kombedzai’s homestead and demanded his lobola back.
The State further alleges that after an hour, an irate Manhanga set ablaze his in-laws’ kitchen hut, destroying a set of sofas, 23 live chickens, a wheelbarrow and door frames all worth $37 400.
The accused also burnt his mother Rosemary Manhanga’s kitchen to ashes in her absence.
It is not yet known why he set ablaze the kitchen.