An 83-year-old man from Gwanda allegedly ran amok, struck a fellow villager’s arm with an axe before shooting dead his 74-year-old nephew over food handouts.
Provincial police spokesperson for Matabeleland South, Inspector Tafanana Dzirutwe, on Monday confirmed the incident which occurred at Samlodi in Gwanda last Thursday.
The suspect, Malinga Ndlovu, has been arrested.
His alleged victim, Kayibulali Dube, reportedly died on the away to Gwanda Provincial Hospital from gunshot wounds.
Dzirutwe told NewsDay trouble started when Ndlovu, Dube and other villagers were fencing a field in their village on Thursday last week.
Ndlovu allegedly confronted fellow villagers demanding to know why his name had been omitted from a list of beneficiaries of a non-governmental organisation’s food distribution programme.
During the quarrel, Ndlovu allegedly struck Shadreck Dube on the arm with an axe, but was restrained from effecting further harm by fellow villagers.
He then reportedly left for his homestead and came back armed with a Baikal 12 Bore shotgun. Ndlovu allegedly waylaid Dube on his way home and shot him in the armpit.
A villager, who was with Dube when the incident occurred, sought assistance from other villagers to rush him to Gwanda Hospital.
But Dube succumbed to the wounds before he could get help.
Dzirutwe said the body was taken to Gwanda provincial hospital for a post mortem.