NYANGA –In a tragic accident, a Nyanga man named Edward Chirombe allegedly murdered his wife and three children aged 8, 12, and 14 before committing suicide by hanging.
The bodies were found by villagers from Mugomba Village, who then alerted the police.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, a police spokesperson, confirmed the incident and stated that investigations to determine the circumstances and motivation behind the heinous act were underway.
Police have not yet determined when the incident occurred.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating circumstances surrounding a heinous murder case in which Edward Chirombe (43) is suspected to have attacked to death, his wife Joyce Mashenu (40), two daughters aged 8 and 14, and son (12), before committing suicide, at a homestead at Ngavaseke Mugomba Village, Nyanga on an unknown date.
“The bodies of the victims were found by the police on 06th January 2023 after the police had received information that there were dead bodies lying in the hut and flat-roofed bedroom, which were all locked from the outside with padlocks.
“The police broke the padlocks to gain entry into the hut and bedroom where the bodies of the victims were found with multiple deep cuts on the head,” Nyathi said in a statement.
Chirombe’s wife’s body was discovered on the bed in the couple’s bedroom, covered in blood, while the children’s bodies were discovered in the hut.
Chirombe’s body was discovered hanging from a tree in the garden 800 meters from the homestead, according to Nyathi.
“Investigations are in progress to ascertain the motive behind the callous murder,” said the police spokesperson while urging the public not to resort to violence in resolving domestic disputes.
There have been many reported cases of domestic violence in the country according to police.