The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is looking for a Jabulani Mutengwa, of Rashika Village under Chief Mataruse who allegedly beat up 60-year-old Shanangurai Chomwise to death after turning down his love proposal.
Police provincial spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko confirmed the development saying they had since launched a manhunt for the suspect.
“We are investigating a case of murder of a 60-year-old woman who was beaten to death by the suspect for turning down his love proposal,” he said.
Inspector Goko said the deceased had gone to visit her relative when the incident happened.
“Chomwise was at Mwembe Business Centre under Chief Mataruse where she had gone to visit her relative Reason Gumbo who worked at Madambu shop,” he said.
Inspector Goko said Mutengwa, whose age could not be ascertained, followed Chomwise and proposed to her.
“Upon leaving, accused approached the now deceased and proposed love and she turned him down.
“This did not go down well with the accused who grabbed Chomwise’s hand and twisted it and she fell,” said Inspector Goko.
Mutengwa armed himself with a stick and assaulted the woman.
“The accused picked up a stick and assaulted Chomwise on the right side of the ribs until she became unconscious.”
She was ferried to Mnene Hospital where she died on 28 June. Inspector Goko appealed to the public who might have knowledge on Mutengwa’s whereabouts to report to their nearest police station.
“The suspect is still at large so we are appealing to anyone who might have knowledge on his whereabouts to quickly contact the nearest police station.
He also appealed to the public to desist from violence.
“As police, we continue to appeal to citizens to stop violent behaviour as it usually results in unnecessary loss of lives.”