In a shocking incident in Bulawayo, a Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) private shot and killed his 21 year old wife and two relatives and injured his 18 months year old child in New Magwegwe, Bulawayo.
On the day in question, the ZNA member Carlos Chapeyama who is said to have had a long standing dispute with his wife had been assigned night guard duties at the Transmedia transmitter at Guinea Fowl, Gweru.
He then finished his duty and sneaked out of the camp with his service rifle.
According to the ZNA director army public relations, Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore who confirmed the incident, Chapeyama travelled to Bulawayo with the AK47 folding butt rifle concealed in a bag.
Private Chapeyama went to his in-laws’ house in New Magwegwe where he found his wife, 21 year old Archly Phiri together with her two sisters, the now deceased Rita Nkomo (23) and Nkosivhumile Ncube (16) and his child Tlowi Chapeyama (18 months).
He randomly opened fire on the three deceased sisters killing them on the spot.
The child survived with serious gunshots wounds.
Chapeyama tried to commit suicide by turning the rifle on himself but was only seriously injured.
He is now detained under heavy military police guard at Mpilo Hospital.
The child is admitted at the same hospital.
A relative, Judith Nkomo gave a brief explanation of what transpired during the incident.
In a statement, Lieutenant Colonel Makotore said the ZNA is shocked and saddened by this unfortunate incident.