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Teacher stabs Zanu-PF chairman to death

MASVINGO. – Police in Chiredzi have arrested a local school teacher after he stabbed a Zanu-PF ward chairman to death with a kitchen knife during a dispute over the recently held Zanu-PF District Coordinating Committee (DCC) elections.

Kennias Dzingirai (35), the Zanu PF ward 13 chairman in Chingwizi, Mwenezi East, died after he was stabbed in the chest and stomach, allegedly by Paulosi Mangoma (40), a teacher at Batanai Primary School in the area.

Police say Dzingirai and some party associates were at a tuckshop in the Chingwizi area discussing the delivery of ballot papers to the party’s elections command centre in the constituency.

It is alleged that Mangoma interrupted the discussion between Dzingirai and his colleagues whom he accused of disturbing his peace and then that a fist-fight broke out between Dzingirai and Mangoma.

This was stopped by others who managed to restrain the two. Mangoma went home, but allegedly returned armed with a kitchen knife, charged at Dzingirai and stabbed him in the chest and stomach.

Dzingirai collapsed and died on the spot and a report was made to police leading to Mangoma’s arrest.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday said Mangoma had since been arrested and would appear in court soon.

“The suspect, a teacher at Batanai Primary School in the Chingwizi area, is assisting police with investigations and will appear in court soon charged with murder,” said Nyathi.

Meanwhile, Dzingirai’s body was taken to a mortuary and is awaiting a post-mortem. ■

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