WHAT is wrong with the month of July when it comes to shocking Crimes of Passion in this country?
Twenty years ago, in July 2002, politician Learnmore Jongwe exploded into a fit of jealous rage and stabbed his wife EIGHT times after a domestic dispute, believed to have been triggered by allegations of infidelity.
Rutendo Muusha-Jongwe (23) was a final year law student, at the University of Zimbabwe, when she met her violent death.
She died at a Harare clinic with the post-mortem report showing she had eight stab wounds and died from two of those wounds, either side of her chest, which ruptured her lungs.
She left behind a seven-month old daughter.
Jongwe handed himself over to the police but died, while awaiting trial, from an apparent suicide.
In 2015, UK-based immigration lawyer, Brighton Mutebuka, who was a former classmate of the slain Muusha at the University of Zimbabwe, took to Facebook to provide sensational claims.
“I will not say anything specific at this point, but I will say that before her death, shortly before we graduated in July 2002, there had been several other very serious, violent episodes perpetrated on Rutendo with very specific, horrendous, visible injuries,” he wrote.
“There were also specific threats made on her life — including references to the use of a knife for that purpose. In addition to this, we are also aware that she had initially declined to participate in the marriage ceremony which eventually took place at the UZ’s Great Hall.”
Last week, on July 29, Harare was rocked by another violent crime of passion when Ximex Mall dealer, Tafadzwa “Boss Pango” Murengwa, gunned down his estranged girlfriend, Samantha Dzapata.
Ironically, the deranged Boss Pango, who later committed suicide, had accused Samantha of cheating on him by having a relationship with a married man, who has since dismissed the accusations.
A violent lover, the late Boss Pango was on trial for abusing Samantha, whom he bashed at a lodge in Harare.
Other Crimes Of Passion:
December 26, 1994
Boxing Day turned into a nightmare for two Harare families when former heavyweight wrestling champion Oliver Tengende, shot five of its members – killing two sisters and injuring three others – as they watched television at their Marlborough home.
Just hours later, he shot himself with the same gun after confessing to the shootings at his local church in Mufakose.
His girlfriend, Ms Linda Mangwiro and her sister, Mrs Alice Padzarondora, died in the shooting, while three others — Mr Michael Padzarondora, his daughter Fiona, and son Richard — were seriously wounded and left for dead.
Four children — Farai, Rudo, Garikai Padzarondora and his son Jonathan, survived the bizarre episode by hiding under a bed.
HARARE businessman Irvine Mereki shot dead his long-time girlfriend, Clariss Chopamba, before turning his gun on himself at a house along Oxford Road in Avondale.
Police said a maid, who wanted to get car keys from her boss, Chopamba, found the two bodies on the floor of the bedroom.
Chopamba was lying in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound on her left ear.
The couple had a son together and the weapon was registered in the name of the late director of former Premiership side, Lengthens.
Zimbabwean politician, Justine Chiota, killed his wife and then committed suicide at his Morningside home Johannesburg.
He later turned the gun on himself.
The family had three children.
Chiota was the founding leader of the obscure Zimbabwe People’s Party.