On Sunday night, police arrested Edward Mhishe (46) of Rambanepasi Village in Hwedza for allegedly killing his wife’s lover and assaulting his wife.
Mhishe was previously married to Linda Garaba (32), but they divorced in April this year, forcing Garaba to leave their home to live with her mother in Hwedza.
Mhishe allegedly went to Garaba’s new boyfriend’s house in Bozho Village on Sunday and asked the boyfriend’s uncle, Samuel Mahupeta, to help him convince his wife to return home.
Mahupeta declined, claiming that Ms Garaba was now dating his relative.
Mhishe then went to see his mother-in-law, pleading with her to talk to her daughter about resolving their problem, but she refused and referred him to their aunt.
Mhishe returned to Mr Mahupeta’s home around 7 p.m. that day, pleading with her wife to accompany him, but she refused, promising to follow later.
Garaba and her boyfriend Warikandwa left their uncle’s house around 9 p.m. on the same date and went to sleep.
Mhishe attacked Warikandwa and Garaba at Mr Warikandwa’s homestead around 10 p.m., armed with a wooden hoe handle.
Warikandwa died at the scene, while Garaba, who was left unconscious, was rushed to Sadza District Hospital, where her condition is described as critical.
Police spokesperson for Mashonaland East Province Inspector Simon Chazovachiyi confirmed the assaults. Chazovachiyi said:
He then left and went to his mother-in-law’s homestead where he said to her “ndapedza maspots nemwana wenyu nechikomba chake” [I’ve dealt with your daughter and her lover].
After saying that, he then ran away heading for his village. His mother-in-law rushed to the now deceased’s homestead where she found the two lying in a pool of blood. She screamed for help and at the same time, her daughter gained consciousness, in a confused state.