The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Mayor Insults Dead Employee

GWERU mayor Councillor Hamutendi Kombayi, has rained insults on his employee who allegedly committed suicide by leaping from a balcony at his three-storey hotel in Gweru's Central Business District. In a post on his Facebook page, Cllr Kombayi accused the now deceased Joseph Dominic Shoko-Gowo (32), of bringing his name into disrepute and making him a 'laughing stock' by committing suicide at his hotel.

"Kule Shoko has been laid to rest, you made me a laughing stock. God knows, rest in peace (aluta continua) the sugglue (sic) continues. We in Gweru will live to take life as is. It's my destiny, I will take as is, sezvazviri masango matema tipeivho mweche tezvi," reads the post.

Gowo, who was employed at Cllr Kombayi's Lalapanzi Mine, jumped to his death from a balcony on the first floor of Midlands Hotel on Sunday, after attempts to commit suicide in his hotel room had failed.

Gowo stormed into the 72-room Midlands Hotel and threw himself on the tarmac from the balcony, allegedly in protest over an undisclosed outstanding pay. He had his brains splashed on the tarmac after he crashed his skull when he fell headlong.

Gowo died on the spot and his body was taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital by police details who attended the scene.

According to eye witnesses, Gowo, who was said to be suffering from an undisclosed ailment, went to Midlands Hotel and demanded to see Cllr Kombayi over unpaid salary.

He was offered a room by the hotel management to rest while waiting for Cllr Kombayi.

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