Court session turns bloody over murder

Court session turns bloody over murder
Published: 2015 April 26 10:54:18 (11933 Views)
A traditional court in Zimbabwe turned into a blood bath recently as villagers exchanged blows in the middle of a ritual murder case hearing in which a suspect was arraigned to answer allegations of killing a 12-year-old schoolboy.

Villagers clashed on what to do with the suspect, Jonathan Makuwaza.

Some wanted to mete out instant justice on him while others said justice must be left to take its course.

One of the enraged villagers attacked Makuwaza who was sitting in the middle of the court and this instantly led to chaos.

Headman Nyamana and his aides fled the court for safety while villagers attacked each other with all sorts of weapons.

As the fighting raged on, the Headman Nyamana screamed saying the villagers must not kill the suspect as he was innocent until proven guilty.

He urged the villagers to cool down their tampers as they will face the full wrath of the law in meting out instant justice.



"If you kill anyone its murder and all those involved will be rounded up and charged accordingly. You now want to beat up this person at my court yet you see him daily in the village. I don't want to be a witness to the dirty things you are doing. We have gathered here to solve this matter, but you are now disrupting proceedings," he said.

As men fought, women reportedly called for the murder suspect to get a thorough bashing for killing Langton Musere whose body was found heavily mutilated on the banks of Murere River.

Following the boy's murder, the traditional leadership in Chitora Village together with the boy's parents visited traditional healers in order to find out who the culprit was.

As word spread that Makuwaza was the suspect, who is also facing separate robbery charges for crimes he perpetrated in the village, hundreds of people thronged Headman Nyamana's court to witness proceedings.

Before fighting broke out Village Head Gwarada in whose area the boy was killed chronicled how they visited the traditionalists and the outcome of the visit.

"We consulted two traditional healers who were quick to tell us what we wanted to know. The first n'anga said Makuwaza was the perpetrator of the murder and his revelations were confirmed by the second traditional healer. We came back and spread the news of what transpired. What is surprising is that Makuwaza is still denying the charges and we want this court to map the way forward. The death of the boy was a heavy blow on the Chitora community and up to this present day parents are living in fear.

"We can't continue to live a life of uncertainty because of criminals who are preying on innocent children.

"If he is denying the charges like he is doing we challenge him to accompany us to as many traditional healers as he wishes to get the truth," he said.



Source - Manica post

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