General's wife, aides up for murder

HARARE - A top military commander’s wife who unleashed two youthful soldiers on a 13-year-old nephew she accused of stealing $70 is up for murder.

Cleopatra Shingirai Mutisi and 21-year-old Tafara Frank Gusha appeared before a Harare magistrate facing murder charges.

Tafadzwa Shayanewako, a 24-year-old soldier also involved in the fatal attack is on the run.

The murder has four eye- witnesses prepared to give testimonies to the court and the accused are alleged to have voluntarily confessed in camera how they committed the heinous act.

Gusha and Shayanewako were assigned to guard Mutisi’s residence situated at 85 Dickson drive Hogarth Hills in Harare’s Borrowdale suburb.

Cleopatra was forced to forego the luxuries of her plush Borrowdale home for a tiny police cell after police picked her up at the weekend.

Magistrate Anita Tshuma yesterday heard how early this month Cleopatra took her nephew to Hatcliffe Police post on allegations he had stolen $70.

The money was meant for workers who were repairing a borehole at the house.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira told the court that while at the police station, Cleopatra instructed a police sergeant only identified as Banda to assault Matanhire to induce a confession to the theft.

The policeperson refused, the court heard, prompting Cleopatra to take matters into her own hands.

She locked the minor for two days without food or water before ordering Gusha and Shayanewako to assault him and recover the money, the court was told.

According to Chakurira, the two soldiers took Matanhire to the cottage where they assaulted him overnight using hosepipes.

Cleopatra joined the army men in the assault in the morning before leaving for her rural home in Maramba.

The teen was left in Gusha and Shayanewako’s custody, the court heard.

Realising the juvenile had died, the two soldiers contacted Cleopatra resulting in the trio hatching a plan to file a false police report that the minor had been assaulted by unknown assailants at school, the court heard.

The plan, according to the state, failed to hold because the juvenile was locked up at home suffering abuse and not at school.

His body was taken to Harare Hospital for a post mortem and it was found that Matanhire had died from severe head injuries and Subdural haemorrhage (collection of blood outside the brain).

Magistrate Tshuma released the two on $1 000 bail each and strict reporting conditions. They will be back in court on December 3 for trial. - Wendy Muperi and  Ivan Zhakata

Comments (1)

Hang the bitch like we would be hung if we did that

Peter Macklyn - 20 November 2012

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