Killer uncle in court


A 26-YEAR-OLD Marondera man, who killed his elder brother’s six-year-old son and dumped the body in a nearby river, appeared in court last Saturday facing a murder charge.

by Jairos Saunyama

Knowledge Kapesa pleaded guilty to murdering Tashinga Kapesa and told the court that he threw his nephew, an early childhood development pupil, into the river because he wanted to “baptise him in the Gure Nyau” traditional rites.

The State alleges that last Wednesday, Kapesa visited his brother Shadrack Kapesa’s homestead at Plot Number 31, Rustenburg Farm in Marondera, where he convinced the deceased to accompany him to the garden to fetch green mealies.

Upon arrival at the garden, the accused plucked off the maize cobs and proceeded to Nyambuya River.

It is reported that while at the river, Kapesa tied the juveniles’ hands at the back using a satchel belt and threw him into the river.


After that, the accused proceeded to his workplace at Plot Number 4, Inter-Rios Farm in Goromonzi, without informing anyone.

Later in the night, the deceased’s father, Shadrack, approached the accused and asked him about the whereabouts of his son.

The accused told his elder brother that that he had baptised him in the “Gure Nyau” traditional rites by throwing him into the river.

The matter was reported at Marondera Rural Police Station, leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Members of the police’s sub-aqua unit attended the scene and retrieved the boy’s body and took it to Marondera Provincial Hospital mortuary for postmortem.

Presiding magistrate, Josephine Sande remanded Kapesa in custody to February 5. Courage Chakawa represented the State.


  1. This senseless murderer must be hanged. No need to waste time for our precious judges or magistrates. How on earth can you display such cruelty, murdering an innocent young and defenseless baby? Where will future generations of mother Zimbabwe come from if you behave like that? Imagine if someone had also killed you at 6, you would not lived and enjoyed to see this God given good day. Hang the murderer, full stop.

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