Tragic family conflict: Outrage and sadness as father shoots son over US$300 debt


A shocking incident occurred in Borrowdale, Harare, where a 28-year-old man named Kudakwashe Zimba, hailing from Budiriro 2, is fighting for his life at Parirenyatwa Hospital. He was shot twice by his own father, Moses Zimba (51), during a dispute over a US$300 debt.

Kudakwashe’s condition is reported to be critical, leaving many people deeply saddened and outraged. The incident has sparked a wave of discussion on social media platforms.

According to Assistant Inspector Faith Mapisa, the Acting Harare provincial police spokesperson, Moses Zimba was apprehended and is now facing charges of attempted murder.

The details of the incident reveal that Kudakwashe went to his father’s residence in Borrowdale, specifically along Philadelphia Road, to collect the money owed to him. He demanded the full amount of US$300, but his father only provided him with US$20, promising to send the remaining balance to Kudakwashe’s wife.

As Kudakwashe patiently waited outside the premises for his father to open the remote-controlled gate, Moses re-entered the house. Upon re-emerging, he commanded Kudakwashe to leave his property. However, Kudakwashe expressed his desire to inspect the ongoing projects at the house and requested further interaction.

Despite Kudakwashe’s intentions, Moses continuously ordered him to depart. Eventually, matters escalated to a point where Moses drew a firearm from his pocket and fired two shots at his son. The bullets struck Kudakwashe in the abdomen and waist area, causing severe injuries.

The swift response from the authorities led to Moses Zimba’s arrest, and he now faces legal repercussions for his actions.

The community has been left in shock by this tragic incident, as violence within families is a distressing occurrence. The case serves as a reminder of the importance of peaceful conflict resolution and the avoidance of any form of violence, particularly within familial relationships.

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