Brighton Matura (35), a soldier stationed at 5 Infantry Brigade in Kadoma shot and killed his married love fungai Tendayi (37) from  Kwekwe with an AK47 rifle, before turning the gun on himself in the early hours of Wednesday last week in Sanyati.

Police statements indicate that the now-deceased woman, Tendayi was married to Keith Chidora (35) who is employed at Delta Beverages Kwekwe Depot.

Police informant Violet Sazunza (27), a shopkeeper at Nyimo Shopping Centre in Sanyati, said Tendayi had turned a shop she was running at Nyimo Shopping Centre in Sanyati into a love nest with Matura, the now-deceased soldier. Part of a police statement reads:

On several occasions, the deceased (Tendayi) is reported to have been involved in quarrels and fights over infidelity issues with the accused (Matura).

Sazunza told police that on Monday, Matura, dressed in civilian clothing but armed with an AK 47 rifle, visited Matura in Sanyati and the two spent the next two days together.

On Wednesday morning, Sazunza said that while doing her chores, she heard two sounds like gunshots and she rushed behind the shop to find out. The statement further read:

The informant went to check at the deceased’s room and after knocking several times on the door and getting no response, she pushed the door open to find out.

She discovered the lifeless body of the deceased lying naked on the bed and that of the accused which was in a pool of blood on the floor.

A report was made to police and the two bodies were conveyed to Kadoma General Hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem.

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