Man Nearly Killed Over $1 Debt

By Golden Maunganidze

Masvingo, March 22, 2014 – A 32-year-old man from Masvingo’s Chief Chikwanda in Morgenster area is battling for life at Masvingo General Hospital after a fellow villager allegedly ripped open his stomach with an Okapi knife following an argument over one dollar debt that he owed ,police confirmed on Friday.

Masvingo police spokesperson Inspector Charity Mazula said the incident happened on Wednesday at around 7pm.

“I confirm receiving a case of attempted murder involving two villagers at Chief Chikwanda area. The suspect is in police custody assisting us with investigations. He will appear in court soon facing charges of attempted murder,” said Insp Mazula.

She narrated how Lloyd Nzvinginyira, 32 of Mudare Village was stabbed in the stomach with an Okapi knife over a debt.

Insp Mazula said on Wednesday at around 6:30 PM Nzvinginyira proceeded to Gopoza Business Centre in the company of a 13-year-old boy of the same area. Upon arrival at the Business Centre he met Samson Chikwe Bongi, 28, of the same village.

“When the two met, Bongi demanded One United States Dollar that Nzvinginyira owed. Nzvinginyira told him that he had no money with him after which, a misunderstanding ensued,” said Insp Mazula.

She said Nzvinginyira’s response did not go down well with Bongi who spitted saliva at the former’s face and the two engaged into a fist fight.

Nzvinginyira threw a punch at Bongi but he was overpowered by the latter and patrons at the business centre managed to restrain them from fighting. After they were restrained the pair exchanged harsh words until a villager Charles Ndedza, 28 of Mirirani Village took Bongi to his homestead.

Insp Mazula said when Bongi arrived home he took an Okapi knife and headed to Nzvinginyira’s homestead.

“Nzvinginyira spotted Bongo approaching from a distance of about 100m and went to meet him. When the two were closer, Bongi produced a knife before stabbing Nzvinginyira in the abdomen leaving him lying in a pool of blood with his intestines protruding before he disappeared into darkness,” she said.

She said Ndedza, Trynos Mandizvidza, 22 and the boy rendered first aid and successfully put back the intestines transferred to Masvingo General Hospital.before rushing Nzvinginyira to Zano Clinic where he was referred to Morgenster Mission Hospital before further

Police said his condition is critical.

“A manhunt was launched leading to the arrest of Bingo yesterday (Thursday) around 6pm. We urge members of the public not to resort to violence when having disputes. They should seek counseling from elders, traditional leaders or the police as violence will lead to loosing precious lives,” said Insp Mazula.



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