Ray Bande Senior Reporter
THE Mutare man who cut off 30-year-old Buffaloes Football Club player, Kudzai Mwaramba’s palm with a machete was sentenced to nine years imprisonment at the close of trial on Tuesday.
Hardwork Mushati (27), who attempted to flee the scene soon after committing the crime in October, last year, appeared before Mutare regional magistrate, Mrs Loice Mukunyadzi.
Mushati was facing attempted murder charges. In sentencing Mushati, Mrs Mukunyadzi considered the aggravating circumstances emanating from the lethal nature of the weapon used as well as the fact that life could have been easily lost.
Mwaramba is lucky to be alive after his efforts to make peace between two feuding youths over carwash space in Sakubva saw him being hacked by a machete that ripped off his palm.
The incident happened at Masara Garage opposite Sakubva Stadium. Mushati approached Mwaramba who was in the company of his brother Sandisai at around 4pm on the fateful day.
He demanded to operate at the carwash which is situated at Masara Garage. The carwash was being run by the two siblings. A misunderstanding arose. Mushati allegedly attempted to crash a water gun.
He produced a machete and hacked Mwaramba’s left wrist. Mushati tried to flee from the scene, but was nabbed by people who had watched the horror attack. Mwaramba was taken to Mutare Provincial Hospital where his hand was amputated.