A Banket man was beaten to death for allegedly stealing an undisclosed number of eggs, amid an upsurge in random killings in the small farming town.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner, Paul Nyathi confirmed the latest murder, which comes in the wake of a string of similar violent incidents. NewZimbabwe.com quotes him as saying:
ZRP Banket is investigating a murder case in which Richmore Gomo died on July 27, 2022, after he was hit with a brick on the head by the suspect, Cliff Churu (46) on July 26, 2022, at Plumstead farm. The suspect had accused the victim of stealing eggs.
In recent weeks, Banket has recorded four deaths of residents in a trend that authorities say needs to be stopped.
Stakeholders in Banket, which falls under Zvimba Rural District Council Ward 22, have called for concerted efforts to end needless loss of lives, particularly due to alcohol, drugs and illicit substances.
Ward 22 Councillor, Never Hutepasi, raised concern over the rising number of deaths which he blamed on the police for inaction.
Reports of killings have been raising countrywide with some said to be done for ritual purposes while some are resulting from domestic violence.