Gweru man slashes ex-lover with machete

A 25-YEAR-OLD woman in Mkoba 10, Gweru, survived death by a whisker after she was slashed by her ex-boyfriend with a machete.
The woman is currently admitted at Gweru Provincial Hospital.


Joseph Mpandla (35), who is suspected to be an illegal gold panner, had been infuriated that the woman planned to ditch him for another man.

Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko confirmed the incident that occurred on Monday morning when Winnet Takawira, who works as a barlady at a night club in Mkoba 6, was attacked by Mpandla, her ex-boyfriend, over a rival suitor.

Goko said Mpandla was armed with a machete when he struck Takawira several times and left her for dead while bleeding profusely.


Takawira sustained a broken right arm and severe injuries all over her body.

“I can confirm that we are investigating a case of attempted murder after a 25-year-old woman was attacked by her ex-boyfriend, who struck her with a machete several times all over the body,” Goko said.

“The woman sustained a broken left arm, lost her finger and also sustained deep lacerations all over the body as a result of the attack. The incident occurred at around 4am on Monday in Mkoba 10. The woman, who works in a night club, was just arriving home when the boyfriend emerged from the dark armed with a machete and attacked her. The man dragged her to the main road where he further assaulted her using the same weapon.”

Goko appealed for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect to report to the nearest police station.

Takawira told journalists who visited her at her hospital bed that Mpandla threatened to kill her for being with another man.

“I hired a taxi after knocking off from work at around 3am,” Takawira said.

“As I got home and was about to disembark from the taxi, my former boyfriend attacked me with a machete and dragged me to the main road where he further struck me. I cried out for help and was rescued by neighbours who restrained him, but he immediately escaped.”

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