Self-proclaimed prophet’s shrine visit ends in tragedy: Teen arrested for murder


A tragic incident took place in Mwenezi last week, where a 16-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a man to death during a fight. The victim, identified as Polite Manduku, aged 27, was involved in a confrontation with a self-proclaimed prophet named Kenneth Mavurukuto. The teenage boy joined the altercation, and it was during this violent encounter that the stabbing occurred.

Confirming the incident, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, the National Police Spokesperson, stated that the Mwenezi police are presently conducting an investigation into the murder case. The incident occurred at Velkom Market Place in Maranda on January 17, 2024. The 16-year-old juvenile used an okapi knife to stab Polite Manduku in the groin, resulting in his tragic death.

“Police in Mwenezi are investigating a case of murder which occurred at Velkom Market Place in Maranda on January 17, 2024. A male juvenile aged 16 stabbed Polite Manduku aged 27, in the groin with an okapi knife after joining in a fight between Kenneth Mavurukuto aged 22, and the victim.

“The victim had requested for the services of Kenneth Mavurukuto, who is a self-proclaimed prophet. Mavurukuto invited the victim to his shrine and refused to attend to his spiritual challenge at the marketplace. This resulted in a dispute which degenerated into a fight. The victim died on the way to the hospital,” he said.

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