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Briefs: Rusape blind man dies of alcohol

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MUTARE — A blind Rusape sexagenarian reportedly collapsed and died on Sunday after guzzling a concoction of different beer brands during a memorial service at Chirengwa village under Chief Chiduku’s area.

REPORT BY OBEY MANAYITI

Police in Manicaland confirmed the incident and identified the deceased as Onward Moyochena Muzondo (65).

Assistant provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Luxon Chananda said. Muzondo had been invited to his neighbour’s home for a memorial service on Saturday afternoon when he started vomiting after taking one too many.

According to police, Muzondo was taken home by some villagers and his 15-year-old daughter as his condition had deteriorated.

He died the following morning.

Meanwhile, a 61-year-old Nyanyadzi woman Vaida Kambarami allegedly committed suicide following a dispute with her 20-year-old daughter-in law.

Police said on Saturday at around 8pm Kambarami secretly left her homestead following the misunderstanding and consumed a toxic pesticide.

She later died on her way to a local clinic.

Hippo attack turns tragic

Report by Own Correspondent

KARIBA — A 37-year-old fisherman reportedly drowned in Lake Kariba last week after his canoe was attacked by a hippopotamus and capsized.

Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara yesterday confirmed the incident and identified the deceased as Matthew Mutambaneshamhu of Musampa Fishing Camp, Bumi Hills, Kariba.

Police said on the fateful day at around 8pm, Mutambaneshamhu was fishing in the company of Tapuwa Kanosemwa (23) when their canoe was attacked by a rogue hippopotamus and cracked, forcing it to capsize.

The pair allegedly dived into the water to avoid drowning, but Mutambaneshamhu failed to swim to the shore.

Kanosemwa alerted the deceased’s brother David before the matter was reported to ZRP Siakobvu who attended the scene and retrieved Mutambaneshamhu’s body. The body was taken to Kariba District Hospital mortuary for postmortem.

Businessman takes vendors to court

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CHINHOYI businessman John Machiri has taken a group of street vendors to the civil court in a bid to stop them from selling their wares at his shop’s verandah, arguing they were taking away his clients.

In his application, Machiri, who owns Ocean Perch Boutique, cited five vendors namely Caroline Matiki, Noma Mhizha, Manhetsa Mhizha, Vongai Madanhire and Loise Robert and wants them ordered to stop operating at least 100 metres away from his premises in central Chinhoyi.

Machiri and his wife refused to comment when approached by NewsDay yesterday.

In their opposing affidavits seen by NewsDay, the vendors refuted the allegations, saying they were not in competition with him as their merchandise comprised shopping bags.

In paragraph three of the affidavit, Matiki stated that “I am selling in front of his shop and that I am a vendor and this is not true. I sell sacks (carrier bags) to clients who would have bought their groceries from TM Supermarket and I will be selling these bags outside the front of TM Supermarket and not at Ocean Perch as stated.

“Applicant sells clothes in his shop and not sacks. I have been operating from the front of TM since the 1990s and applicant just moved in this shop less than two years ago.”

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