Man kills uncle over selling a thin cow


A Binga man has been arrested for axing his uncle to death following a dispute on whether to sell or slaughter the former’s cow.

Police say William Sibanga Muzamba (57) was drinking traditional beer with his 62-year-old uncle Simati Mefias Mudimba from Chief Pashu area when he consulted about selling his cow.

The deceased, Samati Mefias Mudimba, reportedly advised against the sale of the cow suggesting it should be slaughtered for meat since it was old and had lost weight.

The accused, William Sibanga Mudimba, is said to have objected to the idea of slaughtering the cow leading to the dispute.

Witnesses said it was the now-deceased Mudimba who first pulled the axe and threatened to strike his nephew with it but was disarmed.

Matabeleland North police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda confirmed the murder and arrest of Muzamba. Said Inspector Banda:

A man was murdered by his nephew with an axe following a misunderstanding over sale of a beast.

On 24 April around 5pm William Sibanga Muzamba and Simati Mefias Mudimba were drinking traditional beer at the informant Fanson Muleya’s homestead when the two had an argument.

Muzamba was telling his uncle Mudimba about selling his beast but he (deceased) told him not to sell it and suggested that it be slaughtered because it was old and had lost weight.

The deceased reportedly started insulting his nephew and proceeded to pull a small axe from his trousers, threatening to kill him.

Muzamba is said to have disarmed his uncle before striking him twice on the head causing his instant death.

Other villagers fled from the scene while the owner of the homestead, Fanson Muleya, ran to Pashu police post where he filed a report.

Muzamba surrendered himself to the police leading to his arrest for murder.


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