Lovemore Kadzura Rusape Correspondent
THE long arm of the law finally caught up with a fugitive Rusape man who in 2014 allegedly murdered his wife before setting her body on fire. The fugitive, Lameck Manyanga (38) of Mandindi Village in Inyati, was arrested in a mountain where he was hiding for nearly three years.
Manyanga allegedly fatally assaulted his wife, Tendai Mafaranyuri, following a dispute over conjugal rights. He appeared before Rusape provincial magistrate Mr Shane Kubonera, facing murder charges as defined in Section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9.23.
Mr Kubonera did not ask Manyanga to plead and advised him to apply for bail at the High Court since he is facing a Third Schedule offence before remanding him in custody to October 18 on routine remand.
State prosecutor Mr Tafara Chawatama told the court that Manyanga after killing his wife then wrote a suicidenote which suggested that he was going to take his own life. “On December 18, 2014, a misunderstanding ensued between Tendai Mufaranyuri and Lameck Manyanga over conjugal rights. The now deceased infringed the feelings of the accused person until Manyanga took a hoe and struck Mufaranyuri once on the neck.
“Manyanga then wrote a suicide note stating that he wanted to kill himself after killing his wife. The accused person set fire in the room where Mufaranyuri’s body was. He disappeared from the scene. Mufaranyuri’s badly burnt body was discovered in the room by other villagers,” said Mr Chawatama.