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Davison Marenga

The old adage which says, 'a hungry man is an angry man' proved true after a man appeared in the Zvishavane Magistrate Court on May 26 accused of murdering his mother in a dispute over food.
Hardlife Mukwari (25), who resides in Hove village under Chief Mazvihwa, is facing murder charges after he allegedly struck his mother, Juliet Nhokwara (58) with a pestle several times on the head and left arm after she had failed to give him food.
Appearing before Magistrate Peter Madiba, Mukwari told the court he hit his mother because she refused to give him food when he was hungry.  
The court heard that on 23 May 2016, Mukwari went to his mother's house and demanded for food saying he was hungry.
Nhokwara, however could not give him food since there was none in the house and she went to wash her feet at the back of the house.
Irked by his mother's response, Mukwari took a pestle and followed her where she was washing her feet and hit her with the pestle on the head and left arm several times.
Nhokwara's battered body was found by passersby who tried in vain to resuscitate her with Mukwari later admitting to killing her.
Community members then took Mukwari to Zvishavane Police Station where he was arrested. 
The magistrate ordered that the accused be examined by two doctors to determine his mental condition before judgment could be passed.
The case was adjourned to June 9 2016 to allow the preparation of the doctors' report.
Monica Mungwena


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