POLICE in Manicaland have launched a manhunt for a 34-year-old Chipinge man who allegedly killed his ex-wife and mother-in-law while his two minor children watched following a domestic dispute last Saturday.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
Provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Luxson Chananda identified the suspect as Richard Pindeni of Tumburikai village, Chief Musikavanhu area.
According to police, Pindeni had a dispute with his former wife Kudziyembedza Mamutse (30).The couple had been on separation for the past six months.
On the fateful day, Pindeni is alleged to have gone to his in-laws in a nearby village armed with an unknown weapon.
“When he arrived at Mamutse homestead, he allegedly found his former wife sleeping outside her bedroom hut as it washot. He then struck her three times with an unknown object in the head, elbow and wrist,” said Chananda.
Mamutse sustained deep cuts in the head, elbow and on her wrist which lead to her death.
After the heinous attack, Pindeni entered his mother-in-law Grace Mamutse’s bedroom where the latter was sleeping together with two children aged seven and nine years.
He used the same unknown object to strike his mother in-law three times in the head, arm and leg, killing her instantly.
According to Chananda, the two children were awakened by the noise of the attack and cried for help from other villagers.
Fearing that he might be apprehended, Pindeni then fled from the scene.
Villagers who heard the children crying ran to Mamutse’s homestead to investigate, but when they arrived they saw the two lifeless bodies lying in pools of blood.
According to Chananda, a police report was made and the bodies of the two were taken to St Peters Hospital mortuary.
“We are appealing for information that might lead to the arrest of Pindeni. However, we encourage people to find amicable ways of solving their disputes,” said Chananda.