Village head sentenced to death


GWERU — A 57-year-old village head from Gokwe has been sentenced to death for fatally stabbing a 60-year-old woman from his area with a spear over a land dispute.

Report by Stephen Chadenga

High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese on Friday found Ezra Manenji guilty of murder with actual intent and that there were no extenuating circumstances in the matter.

The deceased, Molly Sibanda, met her fate in October 2011 after Manenji stabbed her with a spear in the left shoulder.

The court heard that on the day in question, the deceased and 15 other villagers were clearing a piece of land as a co-operative.
The land in question had been at the centre of a dispute between the village head and one Tendai Machokoto.

However, the chief of the area, Chief Jiri, had ruled in favour of Machokoto.

On the day in question at around 9am, Manenji armed himself with a spear in the company of his son, Simon Tongoona, who had catapults.
Upon arrival, Manenji ordered the group to stop working on the land saying it belonged to his son, Tongoona.

Tongoona started pelting them with stones using his catapult while Manenji charged towards them with the spear.

The group fled, but the elderly woman was left behind and was stabbed once in the left shoulder by Manenji.

She bled profusely and died on the way to hospital.


  1. These are village heads who are self imposed and have blessings from Chombo and his cronos.How can a village head arm himself with a spear and stab an elderly like an animal.The magistrate gave him a sentence that befits him.

  2. the village head i think is zanu pf to act like that. thought he was above the law and untouchable : to act with impunity forgetting that he is not joseph mwale who can get away with murder.

  3. Thugs and hooligans are in zanu pf. With people like joseph mwale, joseph chinotimba, jabulani fakevet sibanda, savior kasukuwere, makedenge et al, why blame the mdc who are victims? God is watching and history will be made once again when justice ios delivered.

  4. This is evidence of the violent nature of our history. First it was the Ndelele being violent against the Shona before the coming of the white man. Next was the white man who perfected the art of violence. Now it is the ruling class showing their violent nature against the ruled.The behaviour of the village bully (head)is symptomatic of a violent culture.We thought only whites were going to be killed over land. When it happened to the whites we never thought it would affect the rightful owners of the land.

    • Jaku,

      You first mention Ndebeles, then Whites and then you go on to say ” Now it is the ruling class showing their violent nature against the ruled”. Which tribe does this ruling class belong? I doubt if technology was intended to be in the hands of fools like you. Jaku, you belong to a primitive people hence your misguided comments. Ndebeles civillised you long before the White man came, is how you say thank you to a great people who enlightened you while you were living in caves and eating rats?

      Mmark my words Jackal, history will repeat itself.

  5. True, the village fully believed that as a ZANU PF supporter, definitely nothing would happen. These people have been given false promise and they will suffer in it. Fake chief Chiweshe in another who need to be monitored. the death sentence is very befitting. It should be carried out sooner and truely send the message.

    • These are the works of the mdctrash. Mukoma wamhiti kwaamaika uyu.zanu yaka kufundisai kunyorawo. Chete muri mazidofo. Hamutende. Zvino tiri kuku tsukutai paelection. Hutengsi hwese hupere.

  6. Masimba ngaadzurwe kumadzishe. unoona madzishe achisvika pokurambidza vafi kuvigwa mumadunhu achinzi mu MDC or mubvakure. Ndiwo vakasika denga ne pasi here?.

  7. @ Nhlanhla

    What civilisation can fugitives bring. You Ndebeles were fleeing from Tshaka having stolen his cattle and other goodies…Then you sold the land for yoguetas. If stealing, killing and selling real estate for sweets strikes you as being civil then you certainly are a gukurahundi-dzviti as well Nhlanhla, because in between their career of stealing, killing has become a favourite hobby of the ZPF Gukurahundis.

  8. Vakajaidzwa zvokuuraya vanhu ivava vanhu veZanu PF vanaSadunhu namaSabhuku acho. IKo kukara novundyire. Havasvodi! Vanotoimba vachiti, “Zanu ndeyeropa!” kana kumbosvoda havo.

  9. @ Nhlanhla

    “..which tribe does the ruling class belong to..” We don’t know which tribe in Malawi the head ie Matibili belongs to. But the rest are made up of Shona & Ndebele or Mthwakazi.

    • Tsvakai Jesu murege kushaudhana pa bepa fighting will bring nothing to your tables work.Evil is leading everywhere evil sabhukus vanhu zvibatei thing before you act .The said piece of land is still there but sabhuku ku Maxmum prison

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