POLICE in Mbeya Region have launched a manhunt for a suspect who killed a farmer while fighting for a machete at Mbegele area in Kapyu village in Rungwe District on Christmas Eve.
Mbeya Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Diwani Athumani, told the 'Daily News' yesterday that the suspect, Nebo Isalikila (21), disappeared after the incident, saying police were still investigating the matter to establish the cause of the brawl.
"The suspect used a sharp object to stab to death the farmer who was identified as Itamu Mwakagenda, aged 23. He was found with wounds on his chest," he said. He said the Kapyu farmer died of excessive bleeding and that the deceased's body is preserved awaiting burial arrangements.
In another incident, Mr Athumani said a man aged between 25 and 30 whose identity was not immediately established was found dead at Sae area In Mbeya Region on the same day. "Preliminary investigations have shown that the man was killed by an angry mob after he was suspected of stealing.
The man was stabbed before being burnt by the same mob," explained the RPC. He said police were investigating the incident to establish circumstances behind the killing.
Meanwhile, Police in Coast Region are holding two suspects for robbery at Kinzai area, Buyuni village in Mkuranga District on Monday. According to Coast Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Ulrich Matei, the two armed bandits were found with ransacked mobile phones worth 1.4m/- from four different houses.
Mr Matei said the suspects, Mwita Mwikabe (37) and a seventeen years old boy (name withheld) with three other accomplices whose identities have not been established stole the phones after storming into four different houses at Kinzai.
He said four Mkuranga residents were injured by the suspects while they were committing the crime, saying the victims were taken to Mkuranga District Hospital where they have been admitted and are receiving medical treatment. He mentioned the victims as Amina Abdallah (49), Muhidin Abdallah (49), Ally Nassoro (35) and Zulfa Saidi (35).