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Double killer to hang

By Daniel Nemukuyu

Robert Chiguma of Hwedza, who killed two people after being confronted over the theft of a kitchen cabinet, has been sentenced to death.

High Court of Zimbabwe
High Court of Zimbabwe

Chiguma committed the offence on October 21, 2014 amid allegations that he had stolen a kitchen cabinet from his neighbour.

The two victims were killed while trying to investigate the theft at community level.

After the gruesome murder, Chiguma went on to steal bags of fertiliser and a pair safety shoes belonging to the deceased.

High Court judge Justice Happias Zhou found Chiguma guilty of murder with actual intent before slapping him with capital punishment.

The judge said under the circumstances, the death penalty was appropriate.

“While I accept that the Constitution gives the court the discretion as to whether or not to pass the sentence of death, it would be a seriously improper exercise of judicial discretion not to impose the death penalty in the circumstances of this case, unless the accused person can show cause why the sentence of death should not be passed in respect of each of the two counts of murder,” ruled Justice Zhou.

The court did not find any extenuating circumstances warranting a prison term.

“In the instant case, the court has already found that there are no extenuating circumstances in respect of both counts,” said the judge.

Justice Zhou said Chiguma killed innocent people who were merely accompanying a neighbour to check on the suspicious kitchen cabinet.

“As regards aggravating circumstances, this court finds it to be more than serious that the accused person killed the deceased persons for merely accompanying a person who intended to make a genuine inquiry about a kitchen cabinet which he believed to be his,” he said.

On the eve of the gruesome murder, one Khawun Mpofu was accompanied to Chiguma’s house by the two now deceased, Gilbert Maweto and Phineas Chiwande, to investigate a matter involving the theft of a kitchen unit.

Upon their arrival, Mpofu positively identified his kitchen unit in the absence of the accused.

The following day, Chiguma learnt that some men had inquired about the kitchen cabinet and in a rage tracked down Maweto whom he allegedly struck several times with a log, killing him in the process.

He stuffed the corpse in a fire vault and proceeded to Chiwande’s house and again assaulted him several times with a sharp object killing him before dumping the body in a pool along a stream.

The two deceased’s remains were located on October 24 and November 1, 2014.

In his defence, Chiguma argued he was forced to confess to the charges and to plead guilty against his will.

He argued that he did not kill the duo even though they had problems over the kitchen cabinet. The Herald

  • Apo judge matonga ndozvinodiwa

  • Usatonge kti mangwana usazotongwawo

  • Sad story

  • Can I be ur hangman!ngaende ngaende

  • Sad story

  • Ngaende ngaende muroyi uyoo

  • ngaafe

  • And who is going to kill the killer???
    Why do hangers accept to be used in such a way,after killing the killer,who are you now to be justified,??
    Doesn’t you remain the murderer??

  • Justice will be there only if they kill the one who is going to kill that murderer thereafter and continue like that.

  • When God said do not kill,he didnt say except if one has killed the other.
    So it remains short of any reason.

  • AS MYSELF I LYKE THAT KIND OF JUDGMENT .,because in other countrys i nkow ( Lesotho )when you kill sombdy you won’t go to jail dey said thez no evidence because the 1 hu hav evidence is nomo longer there .therefor in Lesotho ,South Africa dey can kill you @any time which is not a good thing

  • Bad governance reduces hardworking folk to petty Thieves. In a stable and progressive economy this wouldn’t be so prevalent. Let’s address the root cause of the problem. If the hangman had his noose around the real culprit and his minions we would be in the best country in the world.

    • Bull shit! Chidumo & the lads committed repulsive crime crimes even when Zim was in a better place. It’s actually excuses like this that are breeding crime. Genuine people affected by the the system are seeking solace in church with petty crime. These people who kill are life long criminals who show off victories in bars by drinking the winnings & prestige seeking instead of food, clothes & bettering education for their families.

  • i like the fact that God did not give human being the obligation to judge. um the hangman is just accumulating the number ,ie ,h