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Wife Shoots Harare Businessman

Harare businessman, MacCloud Zvavaviri Mapanga was allegedly shot dead by his wife after a domestic dispute on Monday.

The State claims that Bridget Makaza, 34, found out that Mapanga, who owned Kurai Buses, had married a second wife and the couple had a long standing marital dispute.

According to State papers allegations are that on May 14, at around 3am Makaza took advantage that her husband was asleep, she took a gun and used it to shoot him on the neck and shoulder.

After the offence, she screamed raising an alarm and feigned an armed robbery alleging that Mapanga had been shot by armed robbers.

As people were responding to the false alarm, she reportedly drove from the scene and threw away the firearm that she had used in the reeds along Mukuvisi River near the intersection of Bishop Gaul and West Roads.

After concealing the firearm, she reportedly proceeded to ZRP Marbelreign and filed a false report alleging that Mapanga was shot dead by armed robbers.

State counsel, Sebastian Mutizirwa applied that Makaza be placed on remand as investigations continue.

Through her lawyer, Makaza opposed the application and challenged her placement on remand on the basis of over detention and severe assault by the police.

She claims that she was assaulted by the arresting details using iron bars and was threatened with death as they interrogated her.

She also denied the allegations by the State that she led to the recovery of the firearm which was used to shoot Mapanga.

State witness, Anele Mkandla told the court that the detectives arrived at the scene on May 14 at around 9am and at around 12 noon they took Makaza, three domestic workers and a young brother to the deceased person to the police station as witnesses.

He also said that they arrested Makaza at around 6pm on the same day accusing her of shooting Mapanga to death and lying that he was shot by armed robbers.

The court heard that Makaza was released from the police station at 7:30am on May 16.

The presiding magistrate then remanded Makaza in custody to May 29 after advising her to apply for bail at the High Court.

 

 

 

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