A 37-YEAR-OLD jilted married man was struck dead with an iron bar in a row over who should spend the night with a lover.
Bernard Chiwanza met his fate at the hands of a man who sided with his lover Petronella Makuvatsine, 30, that he leaves as the latter was housing another man at her Stoneridge lodgings on Saturday night.
Chiwanza is reported to have paid an unwanted visit to his lover and the latter refused to open the door for him since another man was already in the house.
Irked by the development, Chiwanza is reported to have forced the door open and it hit Maxwell Tapera, who pulled an iron bar and hit him on the head and he died instantly.
Tapera, who is Makuvatsine’s co-tenant, was arrested and is detained at Mbare Police Station where he is assisting police with investigations.
Mourners are gathered at Chiwanza’s family house in the same suburb.
Makuvatsine narrated the incident to H-Metro and also said she had lost affection for Chiwanza as her new married lover was paying her rentals and catering for her daily needs.
“I have been seeing Chiwanza for the past four years. At one point I eloped to his family house after falling preg_nant,” said Makuvatsine.
“I spent a week sleeping outside his family house’s yard and I want to believe that it affected the baby and upon giving birth, the baby passed on.
“Chiwanza abandoned me and his family and went to his rural home in Mutoko and returned when he learnt of my return to my house.
“He lost affection for me and stopped paying my rentals leading me to fall in love with a new married lover who is now looking after me.
“Chiwanza came to my house without notice after he heard that someone was paying my rentals, that is why I refused to open the door for him leading to this mishap.
“Akandidadira Chiwanza, ndikarara panze nguva yechando kwesvondo rese nhasi azonzwa kuti ndawana anondida avakutanga kunditsvaka pakati pehusiku.
“Hama dzake ndidzo dzichataurirana nevaridzi vepamba paaponderwa ini kana vachida kundipinza pazviri vanotanga vandiripa mwana wangu wandakaita naye akafa ndisina kudya pfuma yake.
“Tapera came and attacked Chiwanza with an iron bar when he was reasoning with my uncle for him to return to his family and that is how it ended.
“Tapera akuvharirwa achisiya mukadzi nemwana mucheche iyewo Chiwanza asiya mhuri yake nekuda kwekuramba kurambwa,” said Makuvatsine.
Chiwanza family spokesperson Sabina Chiwanza said the family had been robbed of a bread winner and hard worker.
“He was a hard worker and many will remember him for supplying t-shirts, but as a family we were shocked to learn of his death at his lover’s house,” said Sabina.
“We were aware of the lover because his wife once clashed with her, but we were not aware that he was still in touch with her and this has affected the family.
“If all goes accordingly, Chiwanza will be buried at his rural home in Mutoko,” said Sabina.