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Murder cases surge on Christmas and Boxing holidays

Story by Peter Chivhima

The public has expressed concern at the spike in murder cases over minor issues after more than 10 murder cases were reported over the Christmas and Boxing Holidays, with some of the incidences based on misunderstandings over petty issues.

“We end up fearing to travel around like what happened recently this guy was killed for no apparent reason,” a resident of Harare told the ZBC News.

“People should sit down or find someone so that they resolve the problem rather than killing someone. Life is so precious,” another said.

Drug and substance abuse is equally to blame for some of the incidences.

“Sometimes people travel to some countries where people do not respect human lives, and this will cause a surge in such cases. Also, the issue of drugs is causing people to kill each other.”

In one of the incidences, a 25-year-old man from Silobela died after he was attacked for intervening in a misunderstanding over a cigarette.

Another man from Silobela Blessing Maphosa was arrested for a case of murder in which he allegedly assaulted Mandla Moyo several times on the head with a log after the victim tried to intervene in a domestic dispute with his wife at Mazibeka village.

Ronald Ncube was arrested on Wednesday for a murder case in which he allegedly fatally stabbed Simesihle Mkandla with a knife at St Luke’s Business Centre on Christmas Day.

In Gweru, Tatenda Muberekwa of Mkoba 7 was fatally stabbed with a knife at a night spot in Mtapa on the 25th of December.

A police officer was allegedly stabbed to death on Christmas Day while trying to stop a fight in Hwange.

It is also reported that some people got overexcited on Boxing Day at Zhombe Business Centre before attacking others with knives and machetes.

One person was left dead, while two others are battling for their lives in hospital.

The trio of Sala Kudzanai Chindundundu, John Chiutera and Tinotenda Zemba are expected to cross into the New Year behind bars after being remanded in custody on allegations of murder for stabbing a street vendor in Harare’s Avenues area on the Boxing Day.

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