…US$7 000 property destroyed

MIDWEEK REPORTER

CHIVI-A 15 member gang believed to have been hired by Masvingo and South Africa based business mogul, Thomas Chapeta has destroyed property and injured villagers in an attack at midnight last week on Friday.

Property worth US$7 050 was destroyed as the gang went on a rampage using machetes and diesel to burn down huts and property at around 11pm in Mhari Village under Headman Chipindu during the night.

 This is the second time this has happened in the same village after the first attack in August using the same method after the gang was allegedly sent by Chapeta over village head succession dispute and witchcraft allegations in the family.

Masvingo Police spokesperson, Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident and said a report was made at ZRP Chivi after the gang beat up and torched property of five villagers without mentioning their motive behind the attack.

“Upon arrival at the village, the unknown accused persons divided themselves and simultaneously proceeded to the neighbouring complainants’ homesteads,” said Dhewa.

The injured were referred to Chivi Hospital for treatment while CID Mashava is also carrying out investigations.

The 15 accused persons are still at large and investigations by the Police are still in progress.

Meanwhile, a meeting has been penciled for tomorrow (Monday 12 September 2022) which will involve the District Development Coordinator, Innocent Matingwina, local JOC, Ward 20 councillor Aleck Nhundu and villagers after Chapeta is believed to have said he is willing to discuss their differences peacefully.

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