Man killed over witchcraft

BINGA — A man who was released from Binga prison after serving a jail term for malicious damage to property was last week reportedly killed by his relatives accusing him of causing his father’s death through witchcraft.

Matabeleland North Police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Siphiwe Makonese yesterday confirmed the murder saying two suspects had since been arrested in connection with the case.

The incident occurred on July 18 at around 8am at Lusulu in Binga after Timothy Mugobo (34), who had been released from jail the previous day, visited his father’s homestead where relatives had gathered for a memorial ceremony for his late father.

“Police arrested Mugobo’s young brother, Vusa Ndlovu (27) and his nephew, Njabulo Tshuma (30) in connection with the murder,” Makonese said.

“Allegations are that Mugobo was released from prison on July 17 and he went to his home where he arrived at midnight.

“In the morning he went to his father’s homestead where relatives were gathered for a ceremony concerning his late father.”

Makonese said after 30 minutes Mugobo decided to go back to his home.

She said while on his way home, Tshuma and Ndlovu ambushed Mugobo at a secluded spot and axed him to death.

Makonese said the reason for the alleged murder was not clear.

But sources in Binga said Mugobo’s relatives were accusing him of using witchcraft to cause the death of his father.

Makonese urged the public to stop taking the law into
their hands but to approach the police, headmen, chiefs, pastors and other organisations which could help them to solve disputes.

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