A 44-year-old Bulawayo man died before admission to Mpilo Central Hospital after he was allegedly severely battered over amacimbi by two men in Old Pumula suburb.
The late Khumbula Homes Zulu suffered a swollen mouth and internal injuries after he was attacked by two men identified only as Tho and Rey whose ages are not known.
Zulu was allegedly beaten for denying the two accused persons who are on the run mopane worms.
He developed breathing complications after the assault and died two days later after his mother had taken him to the hospital.
Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident yesterday.
He urged people who may have information that could lead to the arrest of the two accused persons to report at any nearest police station.
“Police are investigating a suspected case of murder which occurred in Old Pumula on the 25th of January 2021. The deceased is Khumbula Homes Zulu, a male adult aged 44 years who resides in Old Pumula. The accused persons are Rey and Tho both of number 5313 Old Pumula, Bulawayo,” said Insp Ncube.
He said Zulu left home going to Old Pumula shops to buy mopane worms.
After buying, he was approached by the accused persons who asked for some.
“A misunderstanding arose after he refused to share his worms that led to a fist fight and after that Zulu went away to drink alcohol. At around 6pm Zulu visited his friend Freedom Dube and narrated his fist fight story complaining of hunger and having difficulties in breathing,” he said.
“On January 26, 2021 at around 8AM, Mr Dube woke him up and discovered that he was still having difficulties in breathing and sputum was coming from his mouth. He told Zulu’s mother but she dismissed it saying he usually experiences such.”
Insp Ncube said Zulu’s condition continued to deteriorate until Mr Dube took him to his home at around 8pm.
“On 27 January 2021 at 2AM, Zulu’s mother summoned an ambulance which ferried him to Mpilo Central Hospital where he later died before admission. CID homicide attended the scene and no arrest was made but they observed that he had a swollen mouth,” said Insp Ncube.
He appealed to members of the public with information which can lead to the arrest of the two accused persons to come forward.
“We also appeal to members of the public to desist from engaging in unnecessary quarrels and fights as it can lead to death as witnessed by this incident,” he added.