Gruesome murder shocker in Mutare

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A 36-year-old man was on Sunday brutally killed and his body was discovered with some deep cuts on his neck and privates. The deceased, Simon Chamupaningi, who was a security guard in Mutare’s low-density suburb of Murambi, had his privates pierced and separated into pieces. He also had huge wounds around his neck. Manicaland provincial police spokesman Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa said the murderer was still at large and investigations were in progress.

“We have since launched a manhunt to bring to book the culprit who killed Chamupaningi,” he said. He appealed to members of the public with information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator to contact the nearest police station.

“Chamupaningi, who resided at 40 Manica Avenue in Murambi, was employed as a security guard in Morningside. “On January 31, in the evening, he told his wife that he was going for a beer binge.

“Later that evening, a man who had visited an Ivorian who was Chamupaningi’s employer saw his body lying lifeless a few metres from the gate. “He alerted police who attended the scene. He had multiple injuries on his neck and privates,” said Insp Kakohwa.

Chamupaningi was on Wednesday morning laid to rest at his rural home in Odzi. He is survived by his wife and three children. The family of the deceased, in an interview on Wednesday, suspect that the way Chamupaningi’s body was butchered could have something to do with ritual practices.

“It’s sad Simon had to go this way. I last saw him on Saturday and he was in a jovial mood. “All was well and we talked at length. I never thought something like this could happen to him the day that followed.

“We knew him as a peace-loving person who was friendly and responsible. “When police notified us that he was no more, we initially could not believe it. “We strongly suspect that some daring people could have done this for ritual purposes.

“His death is a sad loss to the Chamupaningi family. “We leave everything to police to do their job and we strongly hope the perpetrator will be apprehended in due course,” said Simon’s elder brother, Sam.