Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Thursday expressed concern over the escalation of murder cases in the country while at the same time urging citizens not to take the law into their own hands. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said it is disturbing that some people no longer value the sanctity of human life.
“ZRP notes with concern the upsurge in murder cases during the period extending from 13 – 19 August 2020 where 16 cases were recorded countrywide,” he said. He said 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,” he said. During this national lockdown period, he said, unnecessary gatherings should be shunned as some of these murders are occurring during illegal beer drinking sprees.
“In the other case which occurred in Mutare, a man (37) acussed his father (65) of cheating on his mother during a beer drink and assaulted him by pulling his private parts.” Nyathi said infidelity has also contributed to the number of recorded murder cases for the period under review. “In Dema, a 22 year old female adult was murdered by her boyfriend on 16 August 2020. In Rimuka, Kadoma, another 19 year old female was fatally stabbed with a knife for permitting accused person’s girlfriend to meet with another man at her residence,” he said.
Meanwhile, in Goromonzi, an eighty year old woman was found dead at her homestead with her legs tied and her face swollen. In Epworth, Harare, a sixty six year old man was also found dead in his house, with wounds on the chest, stomach and broken right leg. On 18 August 2020, he said, two men fatally assaulted a 21 year old man whom they found outside their tuck-shop and accused him of attempting to steal.
“Members of the public are encouraged to find amicable ways of resolving their differences whenever they fail to find common ground,” Nyathi said. He added that: “Traditional leaders, the church, close family members and counseling experts should assist parties in finding common ground whenever there is a dispute.”