In a tragic development, a beer binge turned bloody after a 57-year-old Binga man reportedly killed his uncle following a misunderstanding over the sale of a beast.
William Sibanga Muzamba of Twakachibona village under Chief Pashu fatally axed his uncle Simati Mefias Mudimba (62) after he tried to stop him from selling a cow that was “old and thin.”
Muzamba was arrested after he reportedly surrendered himself to the police soon after killing his uncle from the same area on Saturday.
Matabeleland North police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda confirmed the murder and arrest of Muzamba who is expected to appear in court soon to the state media.
According to the police report, on the 24th of April at around 5 pm William Sibanga Muzamba and Simati Mefias Mudimba were drinking traditional beer at the informant, Fanson Muleya’s (53) homestead.
Muzamba was discussing selling his beast with his uncle Mudimba who told him not to sell it and suggested that it be slaughtered because it was old and had lost weight.
He said this did not go down well with Muzamba leading to an argument that degenerated into a misunderstanding.
Mudimba allegedly rained insults on Muzamba before pulling out a small axe from his trousers and threatened to kill his nephew.
Police said Muzamba grabbed the axe and disarmed his uncle before striking him twice on the head and he died on the spot.
Other villagers who were at the homestead drinking beer fled from the scene.
Muleya rushed to the police Pashu base and reported a case of murder while Muzamba later went to the same police base and surrendered himself.
Police attended the scene and took Mudimba’s body to St Patrick’s Hospital in Hwange for a post-mortem.