Horror as Man Kills 6 People, Injures 4 Others In Redcliff

A 26-year-old mentally challenged man from Redcliff’s Rutendo suburb allegedly went berserk and stabbed 6 people to death and injured 4 others earlier yesterday (Saturday).

The incident occurred in the Redcliff town (Satellite town of Kwekwe city) in Midlands Province, about 200 km southwest of Harare.

Police confirmed they have arrested Thubelithle Khoshow (26) in connection with cases of murder which occurred on October 9 at around 0300 hours at Stone Clare, Redcliff, Kwekwe.

According to National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, Thubelihle, who is a member of the Johane Masowe sect became mentally ill and became violent whilst at his residential place at Stone Clare, Redcliff, Kwekwe. His aunt then took him to the church’s shrine for prayers.

Whilst at the shrine, Thubelihle became so violent that the church congregants had to subdue him and restrain him with ropes. The congregates later retired to sleep at the shrine.

Sadly, at dawn, whilst other church members were still asleep, the suspect somehow managed to free himself. He got into his vehicle and drove to his house where he did not find his wife.

He then armed himself with three spears, a kitchen knife as well as an axe, went to his uncle’s house where he broke the front dining room door using an unknown object and gained entry.

His uncle and other family members escaped through the bedroom window fearing for their lives. However they didn’t have time to take with them the four children and two cousins who were sleeping in the dining room.

When later they returned to their house to be welcomed by a horror sight of the children lying unconscious with multiple stab wounds. As a result, they decided to seek refuge at a police officer’s house who live nearby.

Unfortunately, the suspect followed them to the officer’s house where he stabbed the policeman in the back with a spear. He went on to seriously injure three other people and fatally stab a 33-year-old man.

Not done, the suspect then returned to his residence and stabbed to death two female adults aged 56 and 85 before raping his uncle’s wife.

The injured were then transferred to Kwekwe General Hospital where three juveniles, a 7 year-old, a 3 year-old and a 7-month old, died on admission.

Police arrested the suspect and recovered a hoe, axe, kitchen knife and 3 spears.

Police said they are currently carrying out investigations into the incident and more information will follow in due course.

The Police the urged members of the public to cautiously treat any violent person in their communities and urgently report any such violent people to their nearest police stations.


Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.

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