Zimbabwe records 13 Boxing Day murders

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THE country this year recorded 13 murder cases on Boxing Day, with the assailants reportedly using knives, bottles and iron bars to commit the crimes.

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi (right) with Zimbabwe Republic Police national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba (left) during a press conference on Police and Army personnel clashes in town. (Picture by John Manzongo)

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi (right) with Zimbabwe Republic Police national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba (left) during a press conference on Police and Army personnel clashes in town. (Picture by John Manzongo)

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, said police were highly concerned with the recent surge in crimes such as those of passion, assault, rape, attempted murder and murder.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is concerned with the recent upsurge of violent crimes such as assault, rape, attempted murder, and murder.

Thirteen murder cases were recorded in one day on 26 December 2018. In most cases, the perpetrators use weapons such as knives, broken bottles or iron bars,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said this while relating to cases that occurred in parts of the country during the holidays.

“In a recent case which occurred in Nkayi, one man was stabbed to death, after a brawl with a drinking partner who used an Okapi knife to stab him. In a similar incident in Mufakose, a man was stabbed to death with a broken beer bottle after he had questioned why the accused was at his gate with his girlfriend.

“In Gwelutshena also in Nkayi, an 80-year-old woman was struck once on the head with an iron bar, before she was raped and robbed of her belongings,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

She urged people to value the sanctity of human life and find amicable ways of dealing with anger than to resort to violence that would lead to unnecessary loss of life.

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