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Chaos in Zvishavane as man who murdered wife and burnt her body on altar walks free

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Zvishavane man who murdered wife and burnt her body on altar walks free. However, in a twist of fate, the high court judge on circuit in Gweru Justice Martin Makonese passed a verdict of not guilty and sent Kenneth Masuku (68) to a rehabilitation centre as he was deemed mentally insane at the time he committed the murder.

In a bizarre occurrence, a mentally challenged Zvishavane man struck and killed his wife with a log before burning her body on an altar. According to the evidence presented by the state, the accused, Masuku is said to have informed the deceased Lucia Dziwadi (51) that he was instructed by a prophet to fetch flowing water from a river so as to cleanse their homestead from negative spirits.

Masuku requested his wife to accompany him to fetch water the water in Ngezi River.  However, upon their return, Masuku suddenly diverted their route and headed to Mushandugwa hill were picked up a log and struck the deceased once on the left side of the head and she fell down.

He delivered another blow on her head and she became unconscious. He proceeded to search the deceased and took her Nokia cell phone together with her identity card.

Masuku then placed her body on an already prepared altar of firewood. He lit the fire and left her body to burn there. In a bid to conceal the crime, he buried the deceased’s cell phone and ID card outside the yard of their home,

The remains were discovered on November 25, 2016 at the scene of the crime leading to the arrest of Masuku. Masuku was examined by a psychiatrist at Mlondolozi Special Institute from the period November 2017 to January 2018 and the doctor concluded he was insane.

Source – iHarare

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