Man kills mother, uncle over ‘witchcraft’

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Lloyd Ndemo

A 35-year-old man in Zimbabwe’s Murewa district is on the run after he allegedly killed his mother and uncle in cold blood.

Denford Nyamande allegedly used a hoe and axe to kill his mother, Angella Bhunu (89), and her brother, Felix Taonana Chiodza (87).

He accused the pair of practising witchcraft.

Detectives who attended the scene discovered a small axe with a blood-stained handle next to Bhunu’s body and a blood-stained hoe handle, a hoe blade and a cooking stick close to Chiodza’s body.

Bhunu’s corpse was discovered by her daughter-in-law, Evermore Nechiridza, who had gone to her home to give her food.

Another villager, Noah Madise, discovered Chiodza’s body when he visited his home intending to inform him of Bhunu’s death.

Mashonaland East police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza said: “We are looking for Denford Nyamande in order to interview him over the double murder.

“The suspect is on the run, and we are appealing to those who might know his whereabouts to report at ZRP Murewa or to any nearest Police Station.”

It is alleged that a month ago, Nyamande threatened to kill the two after accusing them of practising witchcraft.