Over 16 people murdered in a week


Vasco Chaya

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has urged the public to respect the sanctity of human life and avoid taking matters into their hands after 16 people were murdered within a week, the Daily News reports.

“ZRP notes with concern the upsurge in murder cases during the period extending from August 13 to 19, 2020 where 16 cases were recorded countrywide.

“It is disturbing that some people no longer value the sanctity of human life,” national police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said yesterday.

Nyathi said the public should adhere to the rules of the lockdown, thus staying at home in peace.

“Two cases of patricide were recorded in Tsholotsho and Mutare where two fathers were murdered by their own sons over petty disputes.

“In one of the cases, the accused person scolded mourners at a funeral and when his father tried to admonish him, he assaulted him with a three legged fire stand, leading to his death.

“During this national lockdown period, unnecessary gatherings should be shunned as some of these murders are occurring during illegal beer drinking sprees.”

The police have also attributed the increase in murder cases for the period under review to infidelity.

“In another case which occurred in Mutare, a man, 37, accused his father, 65, of cheating on his mother during a beer drink and assaulted him by pulling his private parts. In Dema, a 22-year old female adult was murdered by her boyfriend on August 16,” he said.

Nyathi said the public must not take the law into their hands.

“Members of the public are encouraged to find amicable ways of resolving their differences whenever they fail to find common ground. Traditional leaders, the church, close family members and counselling experts should assist parties in finding common ground whenever there is a dispute. The police are also available to assist families in resolving differences,” Nyathi added.

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