An 88-year-old woman from Tamuka village in Mutoko, a district in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland East Province, allegedly killed her husband for refusing to help her with work.
It is alleged that on Thursday last week, around 5pm Enesia Chivhinge struck 99 year old Saidi Daiton with bricks after he refused to help her carry cowpeas from their field. Daiton later succumbed to injuries sustained from the attack.
Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Tendai Mwanza confirmed the incident to ZTN.
’’Police in Mutoko have arrested an 88-year-old woman after she allegedly hit her 99 year old husband with some pieces of bricks leading to his death a few days later. The two reportedly had a misunderstanding after the now deceased allegedly refused to help the accused to ferry cow peas from their field to their home. This is believed to have not gone down well with the accused who allegedly picked up some farm brick pieces and struck Saidi Daiton several times on the left hand and both legs.”
Informant, Tafadzwa Chivhinge, told police that he arrived home around 1900hrs and the now deceased told him that he had been attacked by his wife with bricks.
After physically examining the degree of injury, Chivhinge advised the now deceased that he needed medical attention which he refused.
However, after two days Daiton’s condition deteriorated and he was rushed to Nzira clinic where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
”The informant hired a motor vehicle to ferry him to Nzira Clinic but Saidi Daiton unfortunately passed away on the way at around 1800 hours. The informant made a report at ZRP Mutoko on 21 March 2021 at around 0700 hours leading the police to attend. The accused was arrested and detained at ZRP Mutoko. The body was ferried to Murewa Hospital Mortuary for a post-mortem.’’
Inspector Mwanza denounced the use of violence in settling disputes.
”It is saddening to note that the couple got involved in domestic violence at such ages. People should understand the need to maintain peace with each other even in times of misunderstandings,” he said.
Musasa organization told ZTN recently that they have recorded 3000 cases of domestic violence since the beginning of January this year.