A 27-YEAR-OLD man from Pumula North suburb in Bulawayo yesterday morning gruesomely killed his father by strangling him with a wire, before gouging out his eyes with a screwdriver and then cooking isitshwala for himself as if nothing had happened.
PATIENCE RATAMBWA/ MELODY CHIMHAU
Trust Moyo (27) strangled his 61-year-old father, a local barber, with a wire, before tightening the wire with a pair of pliers, in what residents have described as cold-blooded murder.
Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Mandlenkosi Moyo confirmed the murder, but could not provide further details.
“I can confirm that a man killed his father in Pumula North, but I cannot give any further details,” he said.
Residents expressed shock and disbelief at the manner in which Moyo killed his father, with others saying he was possessed.
When the Southern Eye crew arrived at the Moyo residence, scores of people where gathered outside the house, clearly shocked, as they discussed that they saw this coming.
The family’s neighbours said the deceased, Mbolandi Moyo and his son, Trust, had an on-going dispute on cattle, which they suspected to be the cause of their fight that led to the father’s death.
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“Trust had been demanding that his father share his cattle between him and his stepmother so that he sell his and spend the money on alcohol,” Khulekani Nkomo, a tenant at the family home said.
“They had been fighting a lot on this issue and now we suspect that it is the reason he killed him.
“We heard him (Moyo) cry that his son was about to kill him very early in the morning today, but we ignored it thinking it was one of the disputes they have had almost weekly.”
Nkomo said because they had become accustomed to the fighting, they did not think it was anything out of the usual and did not intervene.
A local vendor, only identified as MaNcube, claimed Trust had a mental illness, which seemed to have worsened over the past days, as sometimes he would lock his father outside the house until the wee hours of the morning.
“Trust was becoming scarier by the day, as he continually fought his father over food, alcohol, cigarettes and other petty issues,” she said.
“He even acted normally today, cooked himself isitshwala in the morning, after performing such a gruesome act, an indication that he is not normal.”
Trust reportedly went to the police after killing his father and told them his father was terminally ill and they should come and intervene.
The police went with him to their home, where they found Moyo lying in his bed in a pool of blood, leading to his arrest.