11 July 2015

Zimbabwe: Two Brothers Beat Father to Death Over Witchcraft

TWO Mwenezi brothers assaulted their elderly father to death and set his hut ablaze, accusing him of practicing witchcraft and unleashing fortune on the family, a local court heard last week.

Muchanyara Chikweregwe, 33, and his young brother Moses, 30, were not asked to plead when they appeared before Mwenezi magistrate Honest Masiiwa.

Prosecutor Willard Chasi told the court that on June 20 this year, and at around 8pm, the brothers who had a long dispute with their father armed themselves with a knobkerrie and spear and went to their father's homestead.

The court heard that they found the now deceased Kenneth Chikweregwe seated at home, eating supper and they confronted him, challenging him to stop witchcraft practice, an allegation the father denied.

A row erupted between the father and his sons, which lead to one of them striking their father on the head using the knobkerrie.

The two men continued to assault their father with logs all over the body and left him for dead. They then set one of his huts on fire, believing he kept his witchcraft paraphernalia in there.

Kenneth was rushed to Neshuro Hospital by neighbours who heard the skirmishes. He was however pronounced dead on arrival.

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