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Soldiers shoot dead two in Masvingo



Cephas
Shava

MWENEZI-
Three
members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) who shot dead two civilians in
Mwenezi West following a dispute which occurred on Boxing Day at Shayamafudzi Township
have been arrested for murder.
Crispen Maphosa (28),
Tapiwanashe Basopo (35) and Collen Ncube (28), who are attached with the HQ 1
Brigade in Bulawayo, had earlier on been reported for allegedly launching a
reign of terror on innocent civilians in Mwenezi.
The trio were deployed
at Mujingwe Conservancy which is said to be now owned by some high level
military brass.   
The three accused
soldiers made their initial appearance in court on Monday, December 30, 2019
before Mwenezi Magistrate Honest Musiiwa who, upon advising them to apply for
bail at the High Court, remanded them in custody to January 09, 2020.
It is alleged that on
December 26, 2019, the three accused soldiers who were on assignment at
Mujingwe Conservancy in Mwenezi West were approached by one Olman Nyunyani, who
reported to them that his younger brother had been assaulted by Hosia and
Sifelani Matarise.
Armed with their loaded
AK 47 rifles, the three soldiers together with Nyunyani proceeded to
Shayamavhudzi Township looking for the Matarises. Upon reaching the township,
the three soldiers found the Matarise brothers and a dispute ensued.
During the melee, the
three soldiers shot Hosia on the head and Sifelani on the chest. The two
victims are said to have died on the spot as a result of the gun wounds.
Police detectives and
the Police Support Unit section later attended the scene leading to the arrest
of the three accused soldiers who were apprehended two days after committing
the offence.  
Three spent cartridges
and four live rounds of AK 47 ammunition were recovered at the crime scene.
It is alleged that
after committing the offence, the three soldiers gave death threats to some
eyewitnesses.
Willard Chasi appeared
for the State.

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