FOUR men were on Sunday arrested in Murehwa for killing a fellow villager over a well-endowed girlfriend.
Leonard Jambwa (28) of Makuwaza Village, Jacob Maunde (28) of Masaraure Village, Spencer Dube (21) of Zhakata Village and Adren Kugara (23) of Zhakata Village allegedly murdered Clever Muuduri (18) following a dispute at a beer binge.
Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed the arrest and urged people to respect the sanctity of life when faced with disputes.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the arrest of four men in Murehwa in connection with a murder case that took place at Zhakata Village under Chief Mangwende on Sunday,” said Insp Mwanza.
“Circumstances were that the deceased was in the company of his father, Nhamo Muuduri, drinking Skokian beer at a homestead in Zhakata Village.
“The four accused men were also drinking beer at the same homestead when Nhamo Muuduri reportedly picked a quarrel with Leonard Jambwa over a girlfriend.
“Nhamo alleged that Jambwa was in love with his girlfriend and a fistfight broke out, but the two were later restrained by other patrons.
“On the same date at about 1530 hours, Jambwa reportedly left the drinking spot alone proceeding to his homestead.
“The deceased Clever Muuduri and his father Nhamo Muuduri then allegedly followed Jambwa and caught up with him at Jacob Maunde’s homestead.
“A fistfight ensued and Jambwa was reportedly overpowered by the two and he called for help.
“The other three accused persons who were believed to be following behind rushed to the scene and Adren Kugara allegedly picked up a half brick and struck Nhamo once on the head.
“Maunde is alleged to have kicked Clever Muuduri on the chest once and fell down.
“Maunde and Kugara allegedly further attacked the now deceased several times with fists and booted feet.
“The accused persons were reported to have later left the scene after discovering that Clever Muuduri was unconscious.