A 75-year-old Zaka man died on Sunday after being assaulted by his nephew early Sunday morning following an altercation over alleged witchcraft, as violent deaths continue to increase countrywide.
Hakufiwi Musiiwa was attacked at around 5 am, allegedly by Norman Mutakayi (36) who wanted to force his uncle to consult a prophet.
He later died after being forced to walk for about 10km. Reads a police statement on the case:
The suspect who is a nephew to the victim allegedly forced the victim to consult a prophet and when the victim refused, the suspect attacked him by striking his ribs, hands and legs with a wooden log resulting in the victim sustaining serious injuries.
The suspect went on to force march the victim for about 10km. The suspect is at large. Anyone with information to contact any nearest Police Station.
Violent deaths have been on the increase countrywide and recently national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi urged the public to respect the sanctity of human life.
Recently, police in Harare were investigating circumstances surrounding the death of Terence Dondo of St Mary’s Chitungwiza.
Dondo, who was a bar attendant, was 28 years old.
His body was recently found lying lifeless on a gravel road near Huruyadzo Shops, Chitungwiza, with some substances on the mouth and nose.
In a related suspected murder case, police were appealing for information surrounding the death of Mberikwazvo Bopoto (43) of Rockview East, Chitungwiza, who was reported missing on Christmas Day and later found dead the following day near a well along Hunyani River, Manyame Park in Chitungwiza.
The victim was bleeding from the nose and had a bruise on the back of the head.