Brutal axe attacks in Binga. . . Grandpa killed, 2 women injured in witchcraft row

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Whinsley Masara, Chronicle Reporter
A MAN from Binga struck an 86-year-old man to death with an axe after accusing him of bewitching him before setting upon two women from the same area with the same weapon, leaving them seriously injured.

Munkuli Mahlabezulu (30) of Minsale village went on a rampage on Sunday between 2PM and 3PM after claiming to have seen visions of Mr Chilemba Mudenda of Siyafugama Village bewitching him.

He allegedly struck Mr Mudenda, who was on his way home from the fields, once on the neck and he died on the spot.

Wielding the bloodied axe, Mahlabezulu allegedly proceeded to Mr James Mwinde’s homestead where he axed his two wives Ms Therezia Munkuli (41) and

Ms Sophia Siamuleba (53) after they “misunderstood” him while he was explaining why he had killed Mudenda.

The two women are admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at Binga District Hospital.

A police source said: “Mahlabezulu said he killed Mudenda because he suspected that he was bewitching him. He said he had visions and dreams of him doing evil practices on him”.

Mahlabezulu later went to Mr Mwinde’s homestead where a misunderstanding arose as he was explaining to the latter’s wives why he axed Mr Mudenda.

“He struck one of the women on the head once with the axe. He charged towards the other woman whom he struck three times on the head, chest and neck,” said the source.

Chief Saba yesterday said the incident had shocked the community.

“Mahlabezulu is a well respected family man. We are wondering what could have driven him to this frenzied and gruesome killing mode. The now deceased was a pensioner and had returned to stay at his rural home with his wives. He has never clashed with anyone,” said Chief Saba.

He warned villagers against behaving like animals and urged them to respect human life.

A source that preferred anonymity said Mr Mudenda’s wife, Selita (61), found his body in a pool of blood.

“She advised her neighbour Robert Munkuli and together they rushed to the scene,” said the source.

The source said Mr Mwinde’s wives attracted the attention of other villagers with their screams.

“The villagers apprehended Mahlabezulu and handed him over to the police,” added the source.

Matabeleland North police spokesperson Inspector Siphiwe Makonese confirmed the murder and attempted murder incidents but could not give details.
“I’m waiting for details,” she said.—@winnie_masara

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  • musa

    such brutality

  • Zvobgo

    fake nuus.
    pretext to deploy soldiers in opposition stomping grounds

    • Syabulongo

      Its real baba, I know every one of the people mentioned herein including my now departed Grandpa. The only thing fake is the chief calling Mahlabezulu (real name Dubani) a respected family man as he is a known kleptomaniac, who has recently been serving time for stock theft with his dad

      • Zvobgo

        My wife studied Geology with the MP there. The narrative you give is at variance to yours. It points to fake news
        Who should I rather believe? An MP or a Siyabulongo?
        My choice is easy

        • Syabulongo

          You will probably believe your wife’s friend because you are using your gonads to think. You think an MP, who is originally from Siabuwa some 150+ km from Junamina where the incident happened, the same MP whose home is in Vic Falls and currently in Harare for parliamentary business would know more than a resident of Minsale, whose grandpa is a subject of this story?

          • Zvobgo

            As MPs they cover ever more ground interacting with constituents than you do @syabulongo.
            I will never take fake nuus however they may be packaged

          • Syabulongo

            Can you take all the facts mentioned above and ask your MP to verify with Chief Saba, or ask me on this platform to give him more pointers. MPs more ground Syabulongo, maybe, but your wife’s friend MP was not there to attend my grandpa’s funeral nor did he make an effort to establish the veracity of the story. I will only forgive him because the area in which this happened does not fall under his constituency. Still I will not forgive him for not knowing that some of his colleagues in political circles are very much related to the deceased, most of them call him father. One of his huge huge supporter in an area called Junamina, the same guy who was arrested by Zanu PF in 2000 when Joel Gabbuza first became an MP, is the same guy whose 2 wives were axed. Ask Joel again with these facts and report back if you still think this is fake news sir.

          • Zvobgo

            Unfortunately not all of us have as much time as you do!

          • Syabulongo

            So shut up and stop making unfounded conclusions over a factual story if you don’t have time to verify the facts.

          • Zvobgo

            as soon as you shut up, I will.
            That there was no funeral says it all

          • Syabulongo

            no funeral, says who? I was wrong to assume a level of decent IQ based on the caliber of your wife (she studied geology). Looks like love is blind after all…

          • Syabulongo

            Can you take all the facts mentioned above and ask your MP to verify with Chief Saba, or ask me on this platform to give him more pointers. MPs more ground Syabulongo, maybe, but your wife’s friend MP was not there to attend my grandpa’s funeral nor did he make an effort to establish the veracity of the story. I will only forgive him because the area in which this happened does not fall under his constituency. Still I will not forgive him for not knowing that some of his colleagues in political circles are very much related to the deceased, most of them call him father. One of his huge huge supporter in an area called Junamina, the same guy who was arrested by Zanu PF in 2000 when Joel Gabbuza first became an MP, is the same guy whose 2 wives were axed. Ask Joel again with these facts and report back if you still think this is fake news sir.