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Wife slayer leaves bitter suicide note

By Cletus Mushanawani

Elisha Murimba (54), who sliced open his wife’s throat in a blood-curdling murder and later committed suicide, died a bitter man and laid a host of allegations against Mrs Victoria Murimba.

Elisha Murimba and his wife Victoria in happier times
Elisha Murimba and his wife Victoria in happier times

The allegations, which were contained in a five-paged suicide note, ranged from infidelity on the part of the slain woman to being sidelined in the family business venture despite having contributed financially towards its growth.

The note dated September 9, 2017 and headlined “Why it had to happen” gave details of what led him to kill his wife.

It is not clear whether he wrote it after killing his wife because Mrs Murimba’s body was discovered around 11am on the same day.

“If you were in my shoes, you would understand why I did this. Outside, Victoria mentions all the good things about me, but the relationship is devoid of love. She sleeps on the edge of the bed, 99 percent of the nights. Any sexual activity is preceded by some heated exchange . . .”

Elisha claimed that his late wife was always active on the WhatsApp platform up to almost midnight.

“She’s up at midnight on WhatsApp. If I wake up, she switches off the phone and if I enquire, she says its a client. Some of the audios I accessed while talking to her close friends have been completely derogatory of me and my family.

“Kushata here, mazi-knock-knees ano. They speak in hashed tones with her sister, brother or close relatives/friends.

“If you look around the house, the photos are for her relatives only. None of my relatives. Even the neighbours testify to this. Occupancy always of the Muzwakas and the Murimbas come during funerals only. This can’t continue,” wrote Elisha.

He claimed that he had contributed towards the construction of the family house and business.

“Before and after going abroad, I had bought and continued to purchase things for my “supposed” family. I bought her cars and paid for building materials, labour costs etc. When the restaurant started, likewise I purchased all the equipment, cattle, deep freezer etc.

“When this initial enterprise graduated to the wedding decor, the tents etc were paid for by me. When the fourth tent was bought during our long discussion, she assured me that these things were for our family business. When funds were required for developing the Ridgeview Gardens, again, I paid the costs of grading the grounds and the access roads.

“Two boreholes were sunk with unpleasant outcomes. Despite her assurances, she registered the enterprise in her name.

“Today and to date, she has flatly refused to co-own the existing business. The business is run between her and her sister’s daughter. Any enquiries regarding the business setting invites very coarse language. Her brother in Harare, Abel, I bought him his business equipment, but today they treat me like a crazed lunatic. Well, a craze one I become tonight.”

He declared only his children and grandchildren should occupy their Bordervale home upon their deaths.

He predicted his death by saying: “I can see the vultures circling for my death. Yes, I will die, but on my terms. I was willing to forgive her for whatever past, but to have her run off to another man or woman, I just can’t stomach that. She has refused to let go her dark side associations and these have become her advisors. I won’t be tortured as happened in the past many years.”

Mrs Murimba’s brother, Mr Abel Muzuwaka, could neither confirm nor deny his in-law’s claims.

“If I comment on the contents of the note left behind by my in-law, I will be lying because the note is in the hands of the police.

“I cannot also comment on whether he contributed towards the building of their house or the development of the family business,” said Mr Muzuwaka in a telephone interview on Thursday.

However, in an interview during his sister’s funeral wake last week, Mr Muzuwaka said: “I never heard of any misunderstanding between the couple. I even paid them a visit when I heard that he was back and he did not show any signs that all was not well between them.

“He had never stayed in the house before and it was my sister who toiled day and night to build this mansion where she met her fate. My sister once followed him to Nigeria after seeing him on a TB Joshua show on television. That is when he migrated to South Africa.

“Maybe my in-law was not expecting the developments he witnessed at the place he left being a mere ground and suspected that my sister was having extra-marital affairs.

“Maybe greed led him to commit this heinous act because my sister, who was a businesswoman’s purse was emptied. We know that she had some money, but we could not find a single cent. I am in pain for this sad loss.”

Having only arrived back in the country on August 2 with just a satchel after so many years that took Elisha to countries such as the United States, Australia, Nigeria and South Africa, many questions beg answers on why the man finally decided to retrace his footsteps to a place he turned his back on close to 20 years ago.

One of Elisha’s daughters claimed that her father had kidnapped her in South Africa and forced her to stay in a makeshift house in the notorious Soshanguve Squatter Camp for almost four years.

The family also spoke of Elisha’s utterances while still in South Africa when he is alleged to have said he was seeing darkness upon his return home.

It was also claimed that of late, Elisha was behaving in a funny manner and would dash into the kitchen, grab his plate and ask whoever would be cooking to serve him first.

A neighbour who was among the first to attend the scene, Mr Gumisai Mawadza, said his return coincided with the resurfacing of the couple’s daughter who was said to be in South Africa.

Another neighbour, Mrs Priscilla Basvi, said they were preparing to attend Elisha’s surprise welcome party when tragedy struck.

“The day when Mai Murimba’s body was discovered was initially set for her husband’s surprise welcome party, but it was moved to this weekend as it coincided with a church programme.

“Together with my husband, we visited the Murimbas when we heard that the father was back. From the brief interaction we had with him, we discovered that he was a talkative character as he dominated the conservation.

“What took us aback was that he had little to show for all the years that he spent in the Diaspora. He told us so many tales of his stay in Texas in the United States of America,” she said.

Elisha’s sister, Mrs Lucia Gwaunza, said: “The couple were so prayerful and were devout United Methodist Church members before Elisha went to the United States of America.

“Victoria once approached me to accompany her to Nigeria and South Africa after she learnt that Elisha was wallowing in poverty. She was concerned that Elisha was living in poverty.

“She wanted to come back home with him. I could not go because I had so many commitments here. She, however, visited him. This gave us an impression that all was well between the couple and that they loved each other.”

“Before he left for the Diaspora, they were leading a decent life at this house. We grew up together. He was a peace-loving man who was always jovial. This incident shocked us as a family.”

“We are still to come to terms with the tragedy. We never met when he came back. I was yet to see him,” said the dejected Lucia who resides in Masvingo.

Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa expressed concern over the increase in domestic violence-related murders in the province.

“It is indeed regrettable that people continue to lose their lives through cases of domestic violence despite persistent calls against the scourge by both the police and other concerned sections of the public,” said Insp Kakohwa.

He said the death of Victoria Murimba was one of the many deaths that had occurred as a result of gender-based violence.

Insp Kakohwa urged couples with domestic disputes to always seek counselling from third parties, church, traditional and community leaders as well as the police’s Victim Friendly Unit and community relations officers in order to solve their disputes.

“We take this opportunity to advise couples in estranged relationships to always alert and seek the intervention of the police whenever they feel that they are in danger of harm arising from domestic violence,” said Insp Kakohwa. The Herald

  • Now bridge water. However, its a learning curve. Learning to share challenges helps. Had he had done so, he could be alive. lnfact both of them.

    • big

      Shuwa, someone could have convinced him to move on with life or even help with a solution to the crises instead of turning to the violence of killing the wife. Life is full of challenges and usually one day you will be laughing about them after circumventing them.

      Eg, Fungisai Zvakavapano was recently in a very embarassing situation, but she faced the music, went to court and now she is a free woman probably laughing about the events with her kin and kindred.

    • Kuzwayo John

      TO ME ZVINONDIRWADZA KUTI NDOTANGA NDAITA ARGUEMENT KUTI NDIRARE NAMADAM almost every sexual encounter

      • Harry O

        SOME WOMEN DESERVE THIS SHIT……I KNOW HOW IT FEELS…….I DONT BLAME THE GUY….WOMEN CAN BE STUPID SOMETIMES , LIKE THEY THINK WITH THERE BACKSIDE

  • Vakadzi havana rudo at all.They are just in love with what they can get out of a man.Isusu varume tisina kana basa nekuti mukadzi ane mari kana kuti haana ndisu tine rudo chairwo.Tinoda munhu nemhata yake kwete zviri muhomwe yake.Baba vari munyaya iyi vakagona havo.Sometimes it takes a fight to make it right.Ungarare kyedge kwemubhedha uko uchikurukura nemaboyfriends iwe wakadya mari yangu.

    Sei HI to Learnmore Jongwe mudhara.Tell him kuti Bob achiri kungotitambisa nhova kuno

    • Mataura nonsonso bhudhi…kunyarara kwanga kuri better

    • Maya Lu iwe ndiwe wakuto spoiler comnt yemunhu …itawo yako yakazvimiririra apo yega tiverengeo kkkkkk

    • Kuseeeeri nice 1..lets organise toi toi cz vakadzi vakuda kuti jairira

    • Taura nonsense expect the last paragraph

    • Kkkkk Lenmore kkkk

    • Mugodhi uyu hauzari havaguti mari havaguti mboro

    • Mugodhi uyu hauzari havaguti mari havaguti mboro

    • Kkkkkk

    • Kkkkkk

    • Dai musina kunyora zvinyadzi apo ndaliker zvamataura.

    • Dai musina kunyora zvinyadzi apo ndaliker zvamataura.

    • Ayas

    • THIS ONE FROM THE PASSAGE NDOO YANDIBATA, THE MAN HAD TO DO WHAT HE DID OUT OF KUBHOEKANA ***************************Victoria mentions all the good things about me, but the relationship is devoid of love. She sleeps on the edge of the bed, 99 percent of the nights. Any sexual activity is preceded by some heated exchange . . .”

    • Harry O

      Well said Phiri…. She deserved it…. How can she be doing that Whatsapp shit at night? Its sad what happened but she deserved it.

    • Harry O

      My story…. I got married in Zim with this four 4. She failed actually.
      I had to teach her at home and got 4 A’s and A Level 9 Points…. We
      came to South Africa, she got an SA ID and i didnt.. I paid for that ID
      with my money. I send her to do Nursing with my money and she finished.
      Now i lost my job and i started seing the TRUE colours. She would hide
      food from me, or cook and put tooo much salt. Can u imagine…. She
      started sleeping with this guy from Zim also. Now she tells me that she
      is only with me for the kids. WHAT THE FUCK…… She says she wants to
      go and we only talk or see each other when it comes to the kids. I SAID
      OK…..She forgot that to be where she is today, its my money and my
      time i wasted. I HAD LOTS OF THOUGHTS ABOUT KILLING HER…..I wanted to
      do it clean…I watch a lot of crime documentaries and i pretty had a
      good plan to do it. The thought of my kids, is the one that stopped me.
      The BICTH WOULD BE IN HELL RIGHT NOW.I took DRASTIC STEPS. I had the SA
      ID Cancelled by Home Affairs. All the nursing certificates are linked to
      that ID… Now the nursing council deregistered her for being a fraud.
      She lost the job that was making her Big Headed….. Now the guy ran
      away ….She is practically destitute ….NOW SHE SAYS SHE WANTS TO COME
      BACK…….Holly Mary……She says im sorry, i dont know what got over
      me…..STUPID WOMAN……VERY STUPID…… She is luck i didnt kill
      her.

    • vembuya

      From experience I think there is grain of truth to what this man says. People see the woman as if she was toiling going building the house but the toiling could be going to buy bricks alone but with funds remitted by the husband. He came with a satchel because all he had invested home and could have just been keeping some clothes to make sure when he gets back home he will enjoy those benefits. I was invited to arbitrate on one relative. He was sending money from Botswana to buy a stand, build a house, start a business and he had all the proof yet the wife would tell all who cared to listen to her that she toiled to buy and build, and start the business. She and the mother were supporting each other but her father saw the light and agreed that the husband did everything for his family so they must live like husband and wife. Then the wife turned around and accused him of having HIV. Some of us who used to know her behavior with men wondered if all the men she dated were all negative that she had the audacity to say the HIV is from the husband not herself too. We knew she slept out with different men and we just excused her saying she is satisfying something she can’t get from the husband. When her father passed on she went back to default mode saying everything is hers. If the husband was like this man he would have killed her but he moved on lucky for her.

  • Whatever circumstances killing the lady was not the best available option. Ko kudzokera kwaaive osiyana naye.

  • That’s y kune ma courts aifanira kunoyananiswa iye ne mkadzi wake ikoko

    • khanda1

      Is there justice in Zim courts against those who have money?

    • Taura hako i think akashoterwa nekufunga maybe atowana a fair judgement

      • vembuya

        If you have never been in that situation you may say this. get into the situation and see how you react. If you see that man he is too old to start afresh. I want to believe him. Yes,killing is not right but in the anger people can do anything.

    • razor blade

      Unfortunately there is not always justice in the courts!!

  • HE HAS NO REST EVEN IN DEATH.KURANGA NDEKWA JEHOVAH

  • Killing is bad, but I understand what made him do it.When pushed to hard one can get mad.Not an excuse though. Very sad indeed.

    • MaDube

      that is if there is a grain of truth in it.. what made him just come home with an empty satchel after twenty years in the diaspora. again, in those 20 years in self exile do you mean to tell me he never had any extra- marital affairs. chinonetsa varume ndechokufunga kuti it is them who are naturally granted a green light to hura or to satisfy their sexual desires outside marriage. after 20 yrs of being abandoned by this moron, the woman had to move on with her life. this man was just another mentally ill patient who needed treatment

      • vembuya

        Why would he brink fridges and sofas when he was sending money home for the wife to buy those things. If I go to a foreign land without my family obvious I invest in my familiy and just maybe buy clothes for use where ever I am. When time to go back home I can sell the bed and the little I have to go back where I invested and what i carry could just be my clothes nothing wrong. Reread the story again. They were living in that home before he went to diaspora, another one say she built the home alone so the story is not full. I also have a sister. The hubby is in UK. She has a nice house he made sure he send money for everything from ground to roof and everything in the house. We don’t expect him to come back carrying a house or sofas but his clothes Lucky my sister always praises him. Yes she may see some men but when he comes back she has to stop.

  • Fungira mumoyo imbwa yemunhu he long planned to kill her

  • Fungira mumoyo imbwa yemunhu he long planned to kill her

  • Anopenga

  • Anopenga

  • Wateva reason and wateva excuse he tried to elaborate zvese is nonsense…ko iye anga azviwanepi zvekuvakira madzimai biznes and iye aivepi biznes richiiswa muzita memkadzi?Stupid husband indeed kutotengera ana tsano mota nema biznes equipment manje iye asina tym yekuisa zvinhu muzita make..Lazy slave indeed..aifanira kungovaka wateva treasures dzaaida then oisa muzita make or mevana vake simple…ainyanyo shingirirei pamukadzi aimuitira all those shenaniganz.

  • Wateva reason and wateva excuse he tried to elaborate zvese is nonsense…ko iye anga azviwanepi zvekuvakira madzimai biznes and iye aivepi biznes richiiswa muzita memkadzi?Stupid husband indeed kutotengera ana tsano mota nema biznes equipment manje iye asina tym yekuisa zvinhu muzita make..Lazy slave indeed..aifanira kungovaka wateva treasures dzaaida then oisa muzita make or mevana vake simple…ainyanyo shingirirei pamukadzi aimuitira all those shenaniganz.

  • Just be carefull when you love someone. Take your love life as drama. Whe the relationship goes bad just leave and start new with others. Killing someone leads to hell, and suicide leads to hell.

  • Just be carefull when you love someone. Take your love life as drama. Whe the relationship goes bad just leave and start new with others. Killing someone leads to hell, and suicide leads to hell.

  • hapana chavanga vasina.asi unotoshaya kuti zvinofamba sei.satana kana achiuya kuvanhu anouya nenzira dzakawanda. money is not everything.

  • hapana chavanga vasina.asi unotoshaya kuti zvinofamba sei.satana kana achiuya kuvanhu anouya nenzira dzakawanda. money is not everything.

    • Vanhu kana vachizviti vano namata ngavadzidze kuteera zvinorehwa neshoko vaviri ava vanenge vangono tandarawo zvavo judging ne these allegations

  • Gehena rakamumirira

  • THIS ONE FROM THE PASSAGE NDOO YANDIBATA, THE MAN HAD TO DO WHAT HE DID OUT OF KUBHOEKANA ***************************Victoria mentions all the good things about me, but the relationship is devoid of love. She sleeps on the edge of the bed, 99 percent of the nights. 💥💥💥💥💥💥Any sexual activity is preceded by some heated exchange . . .”

  • Tipeiwo tsamba yacho kuno

  • At least they can now start afresh on the other side.

  • kozvavanga vari Vana shatrisha vese kufitana kwavanga vakaita

  • lot chitakasha

    He brought back stories of his abode in Texas..and death. It is tragic!

  • Muchati Bhuu

    It seems the guy would send money back home over the years.But 20 years out of the country is enough to destroy any relationship.At 58 the guy was old enough to want to rest but the wife had a new life in which he could not fit in. Then he tipped over….depression , paranoia, delusions and possibly psychosis as well. Baba ndokurwara nepfungwa mai vari pa whatsup.Sad story indeed.

  • So many questions to be answered jus unfortunate he z nowhere to answer – 1) If u were the victim as u portray wy come back with just a satchel after so many yrs in the diaspora. 2) Were you victimized as well by the girlfrend u ran away with 3) How come yo wife followed u kuma squatter camp ikoko when yo own sister had too many commitments she could not go nemuroora kukutevera 4) How come yo wife even wanted to have a party for yo home coming 5) u tell us about fon yemukadzi wadii watiudza zve fon yako iwewe 6) Even neighbours noted u were to talkative on first encounter with them kkkk typical of rombe kuita show off. My conclusion this guy was just a rombe without any direction incensed by the achievements and developments the wife was making.

    • vembuya

      Waida kuti auye nemasofa ko kana aitumira mari yekutenga zvose, Inga brother yacho yatotadza kuti kunyepa kuti akandipa mari yekutanga business. pamwe aitogara zvekutamburira kuti awane tunhu twake twose twanaka kumusha. Women are like that kana mave netunhu don’t want to give credit were it is due. I want to believe the man’s story.

  • Nonone to tell the real crazy story. Surely nothing justifies killing a fellow.

  • vembuya

    Chakafukidza dzimba matenga nobody has told us what the wife was doing except to say she was hardworking which made her build the house and start businesses. I am sorry the man’s note sound plausible. Read “before he left for diaspora they were living happily together at this house” in the same vein we are told she built the house alone.