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Chimanimani septuagenarian killed in cold blood


CHIMANIMANI-The Police is hunting a Mozambican national in connection with a murder case which occurred on October 5, at Muchadziya Village under Chief Ngorima in Chimanimani.

Manicaland Provincial Police deputy spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka confirmed the death of Daniel Makutyo (74).

 Chinyoka said that Makutyo was staying alone at his homestead and on October 5, he visited his friend James Ruwo (28) in the same village and they started drinking beer.

On the same day at around 10am, an unknown male adult arrived at Ruwo’s homestead looking for  Makutyo.

Makutyo and the visitor seemed to know each other well.

Makutyo then told Ruwo that the man wanted to do some work at his homestead so he was supposed take him home to make some arrange.

On the same day at around 21:50pm, Ruwo received a phone call from Makutyo’s cellphone but it was not him on the phone.

Ruwo discovered that it was the man who had visited speaking in a Mozambican tone. Ruwo could not clearly hear what he was saying. Ruwo did not suspect anything and he did not bother to  check on Makutyo.

 On October 7 at around 8pm,  Makutyo’s daughter, Melody Makutyo(35) received a phone call from her uncle Simbarashe Muganga who stays in Mutare informing her that he had received information that Makutyo was taking too much beer every day and could no longer take care of himself.

On October 8, at around 6:30am, Melody  went to her father’s homestead. On arrival, she saw some blood stains splashed on the wall at the verandah. She went inside the spare bedroom where she then found the body of her father lying lifeless on the floor facing upwards in a pool of blood.

Melody went on to notify other villagers.

A report was made at Kurwaisimba Police base.

Police discovered splashes of blood on the wall at the verandah which might be the place where the now deceased was first struck.   Makutyo’s body was at its initial stage of decomposition.

On inspecting the body, police discovered a deep cut across the face which cut through both eyes and a deep cut on the back of the left palm, a blood stained machete which was on the bed was also recovered.

Makutyo’s body was ferried to Chipinge District Hospital awaiting post mortem.

Assistant Inspector Chinyoka said the accused is still at large. He also added that his whereabouts could not be established but information obtained reveals that he stays in Mozambique in Mhangira area.

Chinyoka said investigations are in progress.

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