A Zaka man was shot dead by a South African based relative who also hails from the same area over accusations the now deceased’s son dating the alleged killer’s wife.
Allegations are that on October 5, 2021 Amos Mutamba from Chinoda Village in Chief Nhema shot Pitiros Mutero (64) at Mutero village under Chief Nyakunhuwa once on the chest with an unidentified firearm after an argument in which Mutamba accused Mutero’s son of snatching his wife in South Africa.
Mutero died on the spot.
Mutamba is said to have disappeared after committing the crime and police have since launched a manhunt for him.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident and appealed to the public for information that can lead to the arrest of the accused.
“Police in Masvingo are appealing for information which may lead to the arrest of Amos Mutamba who is wanted for a murder case which occurred at Mutero village, Zaka.
“The suspect based in South Africa shot the victim, Pitiros Mutero aged 64 with an unidentified firearm on the chest after an argument in which he claimed that his South African based wife, Lillian Marinda was having an extra-marital affair with the victim’s son, Kilopas Mutero in the same country,” said Nyathi.
Other sources however said on the October 3, Mutamba went to Mutero’s homestead with concerns that his son was dating his wife.
They however agreed to discuss the matter on another day. On that fateful day Mutero went back to Mutero’s homestead in the company of Mutero’s brother Gwangu Mutero with a Toyota Pro Box vehicle.
“They tried to discuss the matter but they failed and this prompted Mutamba and Gwangu to leave. A few minutes later Mutamba came back and Gwangu is said to have heard him shouting at Mutero and later heard some gunshots,” said the source.
Gwangu is said to have rushed to the scene ad saw Mutero falling from the chair he was sitting on. He reported the matter to Zaka police and the body was taken to Msiso Mission Hospital for post mortem.