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MUTARE - In a case that has left Mutumburi villagers under Chief Garahwa in Chipinge shocked, a man believed to be a Mozambican national was found murdered and burnt allegedly by Muchaneta Simango Chigoti who has since been arrested.
Chigoti allegedly murdered and burnt John Manduso after accusing him of stealing his knife.
Manicaland Provincial Spokesperson Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa confirmed the case saying the suspect was assisting the police with investigations
"We are investigating a case in which Manduso, who is believed to be a Mozambique national, died on 25 April after he was attacked by Simango who accused him of stealing his knife. He was struck several times on the head with a log and his body was covered by a blanket which the suspect later set on fire" said Inspector Kakohwa.
Circumstances surrounding Manduso's death are that on the day in question, the now deceased visited Simango who stays alone at his parents' house around 18:00 hrs.
It is said the two sat beside a fire as they used to do but Simango suddenly pulled a log from the fire and struck Manduso several times on the head accusing him of stealing his knife.
Before the victim fell unconscious, the suspect allegedly took a blanket and covered Manduso and set it on fire.
The matter came to light when Patrick Mahanya who is Manduso's neighbour, visited the house and saw the burning body before alerting other neighbours Cannias Mahanya and Kasirai Maneneka.
Chisumbanje police attended to the scene leading to the arrest of Chigoti while the deceased's body was taken to St Peters Hospital for a post mortem.local