A 77-year-old Murehwa woman and her granddaughter were last week found dead at their homestead with severe injuries on their heads, while a 45-year-old man in Buhera was beheaded by an unknown assailant and another man was found dead in a bushy area in Seke with some of his body parts missing.
Mashonaland East provincial police spokesperson Inspector Bulisani Bhebhe confirmed the incident in Murehwa, saying police suspected that the two were murdered.
“We received a report following the death of Theresa Nkosa and her granddaughter Janet Jackman (13) of Chidhakwa Village under Chief Mangwende who were found dead at their homestead last week. Our preliminary investigations indicate that the two have been murdered.”
Nkosa and Jackman were last seen on July 24 at around 6pm near their homestead coming from Murehwa market place where Nkosa had spent the day selling paraffin.
The following day at around 5pm it is reported that a fellow villager Mandichivei Munemo (30) who was passing by discovered Jackman’s body lying about 20 metres away from their homestead, prompting her to rush to their homestead to inform Nkosa about the incident.
Upon arrival at the homestead, Munemo discovered Nkosa’s dead body lying outside the kitchen hut which led her to proceed to the village head’s homestead to notify him about the incident.
The village head, Isaac Chidhakwa (77), reported the matter to Murehwa police who attended the scene and observed that Nkosa had cuts on her face while her nose and upper lip were missing. Jackman had two deep cuts on the head.
Their bodies were taken to Murehwa District Hospital where post-mortem results revealed causes of the deaths as severe head injuries for Nkosa and severe skull fracture for Jackman.
In the Buhera incident, Fisherman Muchenje is suspected to have been beheaded by an unknown assailant and his body was discovered with the head missing.
CID spokesperson Detective Sergeant Sharon Musendo said Muchenje of Mudinzwa Village under Chief Nyashanu visited his brother at his farm in Buhera in early January where he went missing during the night of June 16 after he retired to bed.
His body was found by a man who was hunting at the farm and a report was made to the police.
In Seke, Det Sgt Musendo said Tafadzwa Young Kaseke (25)’s body was found with ears, the left eye and the nose missing.
Kaseke left their Glen Norah home on July 10 visiting his grandmother in Dema to assist her sell one of her cattle.
He received a heifer and US$250 from a buyer who offered to exchange cattle and top up with the money.
Kaseke did not surrender the cash to his grandmother and left on July 13 alleging he wanted to collect the money.
He went missing and his body was discovered on Sunday in a bush.