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Crime & Courts

Man Murders Two Girlfriends, Steals Their Cars


By Elizabeth Nyaguyo


A 37-year-old Shurugwi man, Emmanuel Mahembe has been arrested and is under police custody at Shurugwi Hospital where is receiving medical care after sustaining injuries when he was assaulted by a mob at Chachacha Business Centre in Shurugwi.





He was arrested for murdering two of his girlfriends, ldah Chigumbate and Patricia Mutero and stealing their vehicles.




According to a Shurugwi Police memorandum dated 18 July 2022, Idah Chigumbate (37) left home on May 20 intending to visit her sister’s husband at Shurugwi District Hospital.




According to police papers Chigumbate met Mahembe at Chachacha Business Centre and called her son Tanaka to advise him that she was proceeding to Shurugwi.




Police papers say that was the last time Chigumbate’s phone was reachable.




Police investigations found that Chigubate had been killed and her body disposed in Mutevekwi river near Shurugwi turn off.




During the interrogation, detectives also found out that the accused person had committed another murder case, where he killed Patricia Mutero aged 35 from Zvishavane and disposed her body in the same river.




In both cases, the accused person went away with his victims’ cell phone, identity documents, motor vehicles, a silver Honda fit registration number AFH 5411 and a white Honda Fit, registration number AEH 9654 among other valuables.

Robert Tapfumaneyi