Authorities concerned over the surge in murder cases in Gwanda

By Providence Maraneli

PEOPLE in Gwanda are now living in fear following a surge in murder cases and violent crimes, with claims of ritual killings now common in the mining town.

On the 26th of January this year, Thembani Moyo left home in Spirtzkop suburb in Gwanda after having been asked to escort a friend who had a breakdown in West Nickleson and went missing for days, only for his mutilated body to be found in a decomposing state on the 4th of February.

This past week a body of an unidentified man was discovered in the morning at Manziamuyama Bar with deep cuts all over the body.

A 52-year-old male adult was also fatally assaulted by his 65-year-old female companion at a beer binge.

These are some of the violent crimes that the town has witnessed in a short space of time.

While confirming these and other many reports, police spokesperson, Inspector Loveness Mangena urged the public to respect the sanctity of human life.

“Murder cases have been on an upsurge and we are worried. On the 26th of January, 26-year-old Thembani Moyo was killed and two suspects have been arrested. We are now carrying campaigns with stakeholders to make sure that we curb this scourge. People should respect lives,” she said.

So frightening are the statistics of violent crimes that the pastors’ fraternity has registered their concern.

Brethren in Christ Church Pastor, Reverend Sipho Mhizha said: “We urge people to use their God-given strengths to work than to kill someone for rituals. We are concerned and people should respect the sanctity of life.”

“We urge people to come to church for counselling when they have problems. What is happening in Gwanda is really frightening,” Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe’s Reverend Wayna Muchina noted.

The police have been carrying out campaigns in crime hotspots like Shangaani and Tshanyaugwe since the start of the year.