A Buhera woman (39) fatally assaulted her five-year-old niece accusing her of bed-wetting.
Insp Muzondo confirmed the shocking incident that recently happened in Zvakanaka Village under Chief Nyashanu in Buhera. It is alleged that Antonetta Venganai assaulted the girl, together with her twin brother, whom she accused of wetting the bed.
They both sustained visible injuries, but the girl died a few days later.
Inspector Muzondo said: “Sometime in March 2022, the girl and her twin brother were left by their mother, Ms Gracious Mukundadzviti (22), in her sister, Antonetta’s custody.
“On August 2, Antonetta assaulted the twins, accusing them of bed-wetting. Both sustained visible injuries all over their bodies,” said Inspector Muzondo.
“On August 4, Antonetta’s daughter, Shamiso Tagarira (21) who stays in Marondera paid a visit and noticed that the girl wasn’t feeling well.
“The girl was taken to Murambinda Mission Hospital where she died before arrival. A report was made at Murambinda Police Station and Antonetta was arrested. Police observed bruises on the young girl’s right thigh, left cheek, back and stomach,” said Inspector Muzondo.
The provincial police spokesperson expressed concern over the rising murder cases in the province.
“We are deeply concerned with the rising cases of murder in the province, especially those emanating from domestic violence and crimes of passion. People in intimate relationships must solve their problems amicably and avoid using violence to settle disputes.
“It is sad to note that during the period from June up to date, we have recorded 15 murder cases in the province and most of them are linked to domestic violence. These are preventable cases, so we are appealing to traditional and church leaders to assist in solving domestic disputes through counselling,” said Insp Muzondo.
In Zimbabwe, about one in three women aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence.
— Manica Post