In a case that has left the Mvurwi community in shock, a 29-year-old polygamist, Tinashe John, is alleged to have mercilessly beaten to death his seven-year-old daughter, for soiling herself.
And to ensure law enforcement agents would not get wind of the terrifying incident, the man allegedly threatened to ruthlessly deal with any of his four wives if they revealed the barbaric act.
The minor, Laina John, was assaulted with a wooden stick and wire on July 10 and again with a metal rod on July 18 before succumbing to the injuries the following day.
The father then planned a secret burial of his daughter at Forester D Farm in Mvurwi before the police received a tip-off.
Provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Major Samuel Chikasha said on July 10, Laina messed herself and her father assaulted her all over the body with a wooden stick and metal rod.
The minor started complaining of chest pains.
On July 18, the fourth wife, Tanyaradzwa Tembo, reported the minor to her father after she urinɑted in her pants.
John then took a 50-centimetre-long metal rod and assaulted Laina all over her body.
The minor suffered a fractured left arm, swollen butt0cks and back.
John took her daughter to the bathroom and cleaned her to remove blood stains from her clothes.
The whole night Laina groaned in pain until she died the following day at around 8am in the dining room.
Sgt Major Chikasha said after discovering that Laina has passed on, John threatened his wives and advised them not to reveal details of the ill-treatment of the minor.
A secret burial was arranged and the body was ferried in a scotch cart to Forester D Farm where the grandparents live.
On July 20 at around 3pm, Mvurwi police received a tip-off, which led to the recovery of the body at the farm.
The body was conveyed to Mvurwi Hospital and awaits a post-mortem, and the was father arrested.