Crimes of passion rock Zim

HARARE - They bask in the glory of riches and fame, but it is love which often becomes their downfall.

From hero to zero, most celebrities, rich business, and powerful politicians successfully ride the tide but usually fall to the sword of love, often moving from glory to gory.

Irvine Mereki, a Harare businessman is the latest victim of “dying for the one you love mantra,” as Bruno Mars puts it in the hit-song, Grenade.

“Listen babe, I would go through all this pain. Take a bullet straight through my brain, yes, I would die for ya, baby but you won’t do the same.

“If my body was on fire, ooh, you would watch me burn down in flames, you said you loved me, you’re a liar cause you never ever, ever did, baby” so sings the American musician in the hit track.

Although it is not clear as to what caused Mereki to pull the trigger on his girlfriend last week, information from close family members points to a fight for “his heart” and the protection of the sexual interests from external intrusion.

The famed car dealer, whose rise to popularity is pinned on the economic calamity Zimbabwe experienced in 2008 to 2009, will be erased from society just for a girlfriend.

The suspected grisly murder-suicide by former official of Lengthens Football Club, has opened up discussion on the social networks on whether it is noble to die for the one you love.

There are many theories coming over the Mereki tragedy.

From news doing the rounds, Mereki shot his girlfriend after going through her mobile phone which contained an SMS of appreciation from another boyfriend.

Others rumours say, the woman had decided to move on with her life, a decision which drew anger from the boyfriend.

The girlfriend has been, an affable girl who ran a boutique in the central business district of Harare.
The bodies of the two love birds were found lying prostate on their bedroom floor, with gunshot wounds in their heads prior to the tragedy.

It seems crimes of passion are now becoming more rampant-in Zimbabwe, especially with the rise of HIV and Aids as well as technology.

According to statistics released last year by Isabel Sergio, the head of police victim friendly unit, in 2012, over 9 500 cases of domestic violence were reported to the police, a massive increase from the 8 296 recorded in the previous year, and in most of the cases, deaths were recorded.

“Murders as a result of domestic violence also continue to rise,” she said.

Mereki’s case is not isolated as many people from politicians, broadcasters to business people, have all fallen victims of love scandals.”

One such simple example is popular disk jockey, Munya Milimo now being accused of murdering a Harare man who allegedly had an extra marital affair with his wife.

A 32-year-old radio and club DJ, Milimo’s swag — a mix of genius and ego — has led to his destruction-all in the battle for the heart.

He is currently out on bail, facing kidnapping and murder charges after he was arrested following the disappearance and subsequent death of Ortneal Tinashe Magorimbo, whom he accused of having an affair with his wife.

Politicians such as the late Learnmore Jongwe, carry typical rags to riches stories, to an appalling demise of a legend in the Samson-Delilah warfare.

Coming from a humble background, Jongwe — through grit, intelligence, and ambition — rose to become a high profile politician, who many believed had the qualities of one day being a future presidential contender.
But he lost it all in the heat of the moment.

At 28, Jongwe who was the first spokesperson for the Movement for Democratic Change party and Member of Parliament for Kuwadzana had leaped to greater heights.

But, the honeymoon was short-lived following his arrest and incarceration in July 2002 on allegations of murdering his wife Rutendo Muusha, after accusing her of infidelity.

In 2011, Justin Chiota — founder president of the Zimbabwe People’s Party (ZPP), allegedly killed his wife before committing suicide.

Stories of “sins of love” could be incomplete without mentioning former wrestler and actor Oliver Tengende, who once faced allegations of killing his wife after dying in a suspected poisoning case.

Tengende later committed suicide in the middle of the night at a church in Mufakose minutes after gunning down his late girlfriend’s relatives.

Just across the Limpopo River, popular paralympic, Oscar Pistorius grabbed world headlines, after he allegedly shot to death his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on the eve of Valentine’s Day — all in the name of love.

Comments (8)

Learnmore Jongwe's case is not that simple. We all know who killed him and his wife!

obama4eva - 26 August 2013

I am sure its more to do with the financial spending a man would have pumped out towards the woman that makes him believe he owns the her. (Kudyiwa) . Why is it that women don't go to such extremes when then catch their men with small housese.

Ziziharinanyanga - 26 August 2013

Taura hako zizi. Ini ndakadyiwa nekamustudent kekuMSU, ndikakabhadharira fees, kutengera gown regraduation and clothes only for her to double cross me with a poor dreadman asina kana underwear

shon corner - 26 August 2013

wakapusa iwe ungati wawana babe kubvira re pa msu tibvudzei tinotsvaka mari nawo mababe epamsu tichimwa hwahwa pa senegal

divas chengetayi - 26 August 2013

maturity is also a contributor.most of the guys would be quite young...jongwe 28, munya 32 etc.the best thing is to confide in someone of maturity.its painful for a man moreso when the woman sleeps with your friend or someone the hubby knows.but situation are never the same.if one finds out that his or her partner is cheating or dishonest its wise to move on nevermind the losses or pains.its never easy but possible.

icho - 26 August 2013

MSU means Midlands Sex University, I heard some say. Just hit and run do not commit yourself to those students whatsoever

charles charingeno - 26 August 2013

If she can f**k somebody else so can you. Consider yourself blessed if you find out before she kills you. We all know its hard to take in the betrayal BUT she's not the only woman you have dated before and most certainly you will date again and this time around you will be more careful not to be the victim. Like they say WE LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES

martin - 26 August 2013

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