A Mutoko couple committed suicide following a dispute over an extramarital affair, with the wife hanging herself first and then the husband after her body was discovered.
The two, who were at their place in Kumbure 1 Village, engaged in an ugly dispute after the husband Peter Muhamba (50) accused his wife, Nyasha Chinake (44), of dating his cousin.
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Chinake then bolted out of the house and never returned, but her body was found the following day, hanging from a tree near their house.
The Herald was told that when Muhand heard that his wife had died, he went to their bedroom, took a rope and hanged himself.
His body was discovered later by the same neighbours who had helped him to search for his wife.
The incident was confirmed by Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Simon Chazovachii who said the incident happened on Thursday last week at around 4 pm.
He said Chinake was at home with her husband who accused her of having an extramarital affair with his cousin Matambanadzo Mhuru (39). He said:
The wife ran out of the house, but the husband did not follow her.
Later, the husband alerted his neighbours that he had a misunderstanding and his wife ran out of the house and never returned.
The neighbours assisted him in a search in the neighbourhood, but they could not find her. The following day, Mandaza Muhamba (58) found the body of the wife hanging on a tree, about a kilometre from her home.
Muhamba is said to have gone home and hanged himself from a roof beam with a rope.
The matter was reported by the village head at Makosa Police Station and the police attended the scene.
Chazovachii appealed to the public to always solve their misunderstandings peacefully, and value the importance of life.
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