A Mutoko man reportedly stoned his wife to death on Monday after a misunderstanding.
In a statement Mashonaland East police spokesperson Tendai Mwanza, said the suspect Oswell Chimbwanda, is currently on the run and the police are appealing to members of the public who may have information on his whereabouts to come forward.
Circumstances are that during the year 2019, the now deceased Winnet Muchemwa was married to Chimbwanda and they were frequently having domestic disputes, most times degenerating into physical fights.
The two had a pending domestic violence case.
Sometime last month, the accused left their matrimonial home and started residing at his parents’ home which is approximately 50 metres from his matrimonial home, leaving Winnet Muchemwa with their four months old baby.
On July 12 at around 4am, it is said that the accused woke up preparing to go to work at a local quarry company and Muchemwa allegedly walked towards the suspect, and started shouting abusive words at him.
Chimbwanda’s mother Revai Chimbwanda, 64, heard the noise.
Muchemwa reportedly followed her husband on his way to work and she caught up with him about 200 meters away from their homestead.
The accused and Muchemwa continued shouting at each other.
Revai and her husband Tonderai Chimbwanda,66, of Mubvumbi village under Chief Charehwa, Mutoko followed the two a while later only to discover that there was a pool of blood and the body of the deceased was dragged and dumped at a nearby river, which is about 50 metres from the scene.
There was a trail of blood leading them to a nearby river where they saw the body about 50 metres away from the scene.
A report was later made at ZRP Mutoko.
ZRP Mutoko Police attended the scene and discovered the body covered by a cloth in a pool of blood. A wooden log and a stone were also found close to the body.
ZRP Mutoko took the body to Murewa Hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem.