Murders on the rise in Chinhoyi

By Chido R Svotwa


CHINHOYI – MURDER cases which are usually not regular in small cities and towns
have now become a daily occurrence in Chinhoyi sending residents into panic mode
in Mashonaland West provincial capital.
Recently 28-year-old, Petronella Mapuranga was killed in cold blood and was found
at a stream behind Hillside Shopping Centre.
Her friend, Yvonne Mudonzvo, received a phone call informing her that Mapuranga
had been found naked and dead after being stabbed with a knife.
The body had injuries on the left eye and was taken to Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital
for postmortem.
On June 18, 2023 a 40-year-old man, Munyaradzi Mahwine, who stayed at number
804 Mupata Section, was found dead by the police on patrol after they heard
screams of a man crying out for help.
The assailants threw stones at the police officers to stop them from rescuing the man
and only stopped when they realised that they were law enforcement agents. They
then fled from the scene.
Mahwine was later taken to the Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital mortuary succumbing to
several stab injuries to the thighs and the forehead.
Another victim of the now common attacks was rushed to the hospital after
sustaining injuries from the violent incident.
Three suspects in the case have since been arrested after police were tipped off that
the assailants had visited a received a local n’anga probably trying to cover up the
They visited the traditional healer seeking protection from Mahwine’s spirit whom
they had gruesomely murdered.
Another victim, who was employed by the Chinhoyi Municipality was also attacked
with an iron bar in Mzari on Saturday, as attacks and murders continue to escalate in
The man had been dragged to a nearby railway track after the attack hoping to have
him run over by a train so that they could cover up their atdtack.
Mashonaland West Province Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson, Inspector
Margaret Chitove, appealed to the public to provide information on the suspects still
at large so that they can be brought to book.

“We will not rest untill we have arrested the remaining three suspects and therefore
we warn all violent crimes perpetrators to stop. People should have respect for
human life,” said Inspector Margaret Chitove.

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