By SIMBARASHE SITHOLE
A Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) student was allegedly gruesomely murdered in Bindura over the weekend by a Mutare man over a girlfriend misunderstanding.
The suspect Chengetai Trinity Jimu (24) of Tronto Forestry Commission in Mutare has since gone into hiding after fatally stabbing Hugh Chivingwa Makumbe (24) of house number1568 Mupfuti circle, Chiwaridzo suburb in Bindura twice with an unknown object.
Mashonaland Central acting police spokesperson Sargent Tonny Nyandoro confirmed the case.
“I can confirm a murder case in Bindura where a ZEGU student was reportedly killed in a love triangle by a Mutare man who is still at large, hence investigations are in progress,” Nyandoro said.
A witness Koga Gatsi told Newsday that his tenant the now deceased Makumbe was stabbed after he was seen seated with his girlfriend Rumbidzai Mangandu (21) by the suspect who accused him of snatching his girlfriend.
“My tenant was with her girlfriend seated at the door steps when Jimu arrived demanding to know why his ex –girlfriend was with him and he first poured acid on Mangandu and she ran away leaving Makumbe and Jimu together,” Gatsi said.
“Jimu stabbed Makumbe once on the neck and on the fore head which made him bled profusely and he died on the spot.
In an unrelated case a Shamva gold panner was trapped to death in a pit while prospecting for gold along Munyunyu River in Shamva.
Richman Muchaka (46) of Chidambe village 2, Shamva died after a heft of soil trapped him and was retrieved by Trymore Musiiwa of the same village.
The police warned gold panners to stop illegal mining and urged them to seek mining licences.
“We are warning illegal miners to shun illegal mining since they risk losing their lives due to non availability of safer mining skills, instead they should legalise their mining activities,” Nyandoro said.