Police conducting awareness campaigns to prevent murder cases
Harare (New Ziana)- The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is conducting campaigns throughout the country to raise public awareness on the need to approach third parties to assist in resolving disputes and avoid unnecessary deaths.
The move comes in the wake of the rise in murder cases, most of which are being committed by people whose relationships would have gone sour, close friends or relatives.
ZRP national spokesperson assistant commissioner Paul Nyathi said they were conducting the awareness campaigns at district, provincial and national levels.
“Campaigns by the police are being done at local, district, provincial as well as at national level,” he said.
“Some or most of the murders that have been recorded are usually a result of relationship having gone sour, domestic disputes or brawls after beer binges.”
Ass Com Nyathi said during the campaigns, the ZRP will be urging the public to approach community leaders such as chiefs and headmen, councilors, pastors and church elders to assist in resolving disputes and not to take the law into their own hands.
He said the police will also be stressing that the law will always take its course on anyone who does not respect the sanctity of human life.
Recent cases which the police reported include the arrest last Saturday of Mthokozisi Sibanda (23) for allegedly murdering Sipho Hadebe (40) at Famona Business Centre in Nkayi, Matabeleland North province, for allegedly snatching his friend’s girlfriend.
The other suspect, Nduna Ndlovu is on the run.
Similar cases have been recorded across the country, with police in Insiza, Matabeleland South province recently arresting Sikhanyisiwe Zondo (54) for allegedly striking his wife, Nothando Mkandla (49) to death with an axe.
In Bulawayo, Silungile Tshalibe (44) is suspected to have been killed by her boyfriend Thulani Lunga, after they had misunderstanding.