A MBERENGWA gold panner allegedly fatally stabbed his wife’s lover with a kitchen knife, ripping open his stomach after he caught the two being intimate in his matrimonial bedroom.Police confirmed the incident which occurred on Sunday at around 7PM.
Melivious Mashavakure, 33, of Mashavakure village allegedly stabbed Prince Muzoni, 20, with a kitchen knife several times in the abdomen ripping open his stomach after he caught the man in bed with his 17-year-old wife.
Melivious’ uncle, Devilious Mashavakure, confirmed the incident and the subsequent arrest of his nephew on Monday.
“It’s true that my late brother’s son murdered a fellow villager after he found him having sex with his wife in their matrimonial bedroom. I was devastated by this incident. The incident occurred on Sunday at around 7PM,” he said.
Mashavakure said on the day in question, Melivious went to a nearby river to pan for gold with his friends.
He alleged that Melivious returned home at around 6.30PM and found his bedroom hut locked.
Mashavakure said Melivious’s wife was inside.
“Melivious knocked at the door and his wife opened. She then told him that some of their cattle were missing, therefore they had to go and look for them. This was a lie meant to give her lover an opportunity to escape. However, Melivious proceeded into the bedroom looking for a torch since it was now dark,” he said.
Mashavakure said Melivious was shocked to see Muzoni hiding behind the door and a fight broke out.
“Muzoni is said to have tried to wrestle Melivious in a bid to escape but was overpowered. Melivious picked a knife and stabbed Muzoni several times in the abdomen,” he said.
Melivious allegedly ripped open Muzoni’s stomach.
Mashavakure said Melivious came to his homestead and told him what had transpired soon after committing the crime.
“We rushed to look for a vehicle to take Muzoni to hospital but he died before he could be attended to. Melivious was arrested by the police today (on Monday) and Muzoni’s body was taken to the hospital mortuary for post-mortem,” he said.
Midlands police spokesperson, Inspector Joel Goko, said police are holding Melivious Mashavakure in connection with the murder.
He said the suspect was assisting police with investigations.
“I can confirm that we’re investigating a murder case in which Melivious Mashavakure of Zvavamwenyi Village under Chief Mposi in Mberengwa fatally stabbed Prince Muzonyi.
“We appeal to members of the public to desist from violence but should instead seek guidance and counselling from a third part whenever they have a misunderstanding,” he said.
Mberengwa North Member of Parliament Cde Tafanana Zhou expressed concern over the increasing cases of murder in the same village.
A cousin to Melivious was in May last year arrested after fatally striking his father with an axe on the head following a misunderstanding. His brother is in custody after he also fatally stabbed their father.
“The rate at which murder crimes are being committed in my constituency is alarming. It has become a cause for concern. It seems young people lack guidance,” he said.