A woman from Matabeleland South province was left badly injured after allegedly being attacked by a fellow villager with a machete and bitten on the eye. Girue Runyoka appeared in court charged with assaulting Beauty Mukora from Chimoyo Village.
According to court documents, Runyoka went to Mukora’s homestead around 5am on April 23. When she found Mukora in the kitchen, Runyoka reportedly struck her once on the head with a machete and bit her once on the eye. Mukora screamed for help and a family member intervened to stop the attack.
Mukora was referred to the hospital for medical treatment. A medical report was submitted in court as evidence. Runyoka pleaded not guilty and claimed she acted in self-defense, saying they were fighting and Mukora also bit her eye, leaving her with injuries.
Runyoka was remanded out of custody while the State proceeds with the case by summons. The alleged assault left Mukora with scars and a swollen eye. The charges highlight the violence that can arise from disputes between villagers in isolated rural communities. Proper adjudication of the case will hopefully help bring justice and healing.