6 suspects in custody over Chinamhora ritual murders


HARARE – Six male suspects are in police custody over ritual murders that have struck fear into the idyllic Chinamhora communal lands on Saturday.

Police at Chinamhora Police Station confirmed to the Daily News the arrest of the suspects.

The six suspects are not residents of Chinamhora but reside in Epworth high density area in Harare.

Chinamhora police officer-in-charge George Mtetwa said: “We have arrested six men who are helping us with the investigations on what happened on the weekend in relation to the death of two people. I cannot give further details as we are still investigating the matter.”

A detective said four of the suspects were arrested on Monday night drinking beer, at Mverechena Bussiness Centre, whilst the other two were arrested in Mutake Village where they have live-in girlfriends.
“One of the suspects has a lot of criminal cases of stock theft and robbery, whilst the other is a man who does not have any identification papers with him and he used four different names and surnames,” said the detective.

“He also has previous criminal records. We cannot reveal further details as investigations into the matter are still underway.”

“We have  some witnesses who are telling  us that  some of their girlfriends were seen  washing  clothes  tainted with  blood and  we discovered  dangerous weapons  that they had buried in the fields, but  we are still questioning them.”

Two people were murdered at Showground Chirodzero Business Centre, whilst four others were viciously assaulted at Mverechena Business Centre.

One of the deceased Clemence Parirewa Jonasi was found dead in a bush near his home on Saturday with deep wounds on his head sustained from the brutal attack.

The other person who died as a result of the attack is Cephas Muchenje. He died on Monday morning and had his eyes gouged out while Paddington Muchakata is in the intensive care unit. He lost his left eye in the attack.

The deceased are from the same village in Parirewa Village.

These brutal incidents happened between 9pm and 1am last Saturday into Sunday morning.

The four survivors are now receiving treatment at Parirenyatwa Hospital, whilst Clemence and Cephas are expected to be buried today in Parirewa Village.

Tichaona Parirewa brother to the late Clemence said they were waiting for the postmortem results from the doctors and police before they proceed to bury him tomorrow.

“We understand that the police have arrested some suspects and we appreciate the effort and speed they have moved to apprehend these people,” he said.

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