A 60-year-old Mutare man was beaten to death in a beerhall fight after he refused to have a roving patron share his opaque beer (scud) in Sakubva this week.
The late Samuel Sibiya (60) was drinking the popular brew with his cousin Clive Dube (29) when one local patron, Happymore Mukwena (36), came to join them at around 9pm.
Sibiya refused to give Mukwena his beer, saying the manner in which he had asked for the beer was disrespectful.
The exchange between Sibiya and Mukwena became heated with the 60-year-old standing his ground in refusing to let the “beer poacher” take a sip from his scud, because of his disrespect.
Incensed by Mukwena’s conduct, Dube allegedly interjected and started to exchange blows with Mukwena.
Two other revellers, Christopher Manyama (68) and Prince Manyama (16), joined in the fight accusing Sibiya of being a stingy drinker who refused to share his beer and yet he usually asked and got to share other people’s beer. Sibiya died as a result of injuries sustained in the fight.
Police in Manicaland confirmed the fatal brawl and said they had arrested some of the suspects who were now assisting them with investigations.
“Christopher and Prince Manyama joined the fight, assaulting Sibiya with planks all over his body until he got unconscious. At this time Mukwena was still exchanging blows with Dube. They were accusing Sibiya of inciting the fight because he did not want to share the scud,” said Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Leonard Chabata.
Sibiya was rushed to Mutare Provincial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.