POLICE in Rusape have launched a manhunt for a suspect who tortured his neighbour to death over suspicions of an illicit affair with his wife.
Patrick Chitangarwe (34) of Yorkshire Plot in Headlands confronted Charles Mhaka (45) after seeing him talking to his wife, Viola Chinyadza (32), outside their house at night. Patrick’s dragged Charles into his house before forcing him to sit on a blazing hot stove, thereby burning his back and chest.
Police say Patrick had long suspected his neighbour of having an affair with his wife.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Luckson Chananda, confirmed the case and appealed to members of the public for information leading to the arrest of Chitangarwe as he is on the run after committing the crime.
“On July 8, Mhaka asked Chitangarwe’s wife, Chinyadza, to meet him outside. As the two were talking, Chitangarwe arrived home and saw them talking by the roadside.
“Chitangarwe confronted Mhaka and a misunderstanding ensued between the two.”
Police said Chitangarwe dragged Mhaka into a kitchen hut where he assaulted him with a stick before burning him. As Chitangarwe pounced on Mhaka, Chinyadza the wife immediately disappeared from the scene.
“Chitangarwe manhandled Mhaka and dragged him into his kitchen hut. He tied Mhaka with a rope and assaulted him,” said Inspector Chananda.
Chitangarwe allegedly pressed Mhaka’s back and chest on a hot fire stove.
“He left Mhaka and went to call his friend, Admire Ngwende, to narrate what had transpired. Ngwende came to Chitangarwe’ house and found Mhaka still alive. The two friends interrogated Mhaka over his alleged affair with Chitangarwe’s wife but he denied it.
“The two left him and went to Chitangarwe’s father’s homestead to inform him about the incident. When they returned home, they found Mhaka dead. Chitangarwe informed Mhaka’s relatives and they made a police report. Chitangarwe fled and is on the run,” said Inspector Chananda.
He urged members of the public to resolve their disputes amicably.
“We appeal to people to solve their disputes amicably and desist from using violence.
“Those facing marital problems should seek counselling from trusted friends, close relatives and pastors. Human life must not be lost through avoidable situations,” said Inspector Chananda.-Manica Post