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Election debate turns fatal

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Willy Ncube (40) a Zimbabwean resident in Botswana, last week appeared in a Francistown court for allegedly killing a fellow Zimbabwean, Philemon Nyori following a heated argument over who had won the 2008 presidential election.

The election pitted President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and were declared inconclusive.

The stalemate resulted in the birth of the existing inclusive government.

Ncube allegedly blungeoned fellow countryman, Nyori, to death with a knobkerrie.

The fight took place in Mathangwane village in Francistown where they both resided.

Results of the 2008 presidential elections were delayed by close to a month.

According to a state witness, Toshiwe Masocha, the accused had just arrived from Zimbabwe and complained about the delay in the publication of the results.

The deceased on the other hand accused Ncube of criticising President Mugabe and told him that he was a war veteran and a supporter of the ageing president.

“A fight broke out over an argument on the Zimbabwe 2008 general election pitting President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,” the witness told the court.

“Nyori took out an axe from a red sack and tried to hack Ncube’s head off but he dodged.

Ncube then grabbed the axe from the deceased and threw it away.

“As if that were not enough, Nyori once again took out a knobkerrie from the same red sack and attacked Ncube who once again succeeded in dispossessing him of it,” Masocha said.

He said Nyori then moved a few metres away only to return with two bricks saying he was going to demonstrate to Ncube what he meant when he said he was a war veteran.

Ncube is said to have again succeeded in dispossessing the deceased of the bricks.

The witness stated that Ncube picked the knobkerrie, which the deceased had earlier tried to use against him and struck him.

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