White farmer brutally murdered

HARARE - A white commercial farmer died on Tuesday from injuries sustained after a brutal attack  that also claimed his daughter’s life.

Malcom Francis died nearly a week after the death of his daughter Catherine.

They were attacked by a mob reportedly terrorising Guruve in Mashonaland Central.

In a statement, Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) president Charles Taffs said: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing away of Malcolm Francis who was so brutally assaulted together with his daughter Catherine on their Guruve farm last week".

“The CFU together with its members offer our most sincere condolences to the family and remain available for any assistance that may be required by the family at this most difficult time.

“May his dear soul rest in peace and may our dear Lord be with them all.”

Informed sources said police officers who responded to the crime picked up knob-kerries with metal heads at the murder scene, where condoms were also recovered. Catherine was reportedly gang raped by the marauding thugs.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba referred questions to her deputy Paul Nyathi, who was not picking up his phone.

Martin Dinha, minister of State for Mashonaland Central, urged the remaining white farms to increase their security.

“As a province, we are concerned by this spate of violent crimes targeted at these farmers,” Dinha said.

“I am aware that the police are investigating the matter and I am sure we are going to arrest the culprits. I am sure there is fear and anxiety among the farmers but we are going to deal with the matter.”

Dinha said authorities were keen to get to the bottom of the matter.

“Whatever the motive of this heinous crime, the province will not rest until the culprits have been arrested,” Dinha said.

“We have received offers to reward anyone who helps find these people because we value the contribution that these farmers are bringing.

“Francis had an offer letter and co-existed well with new farmers.”

The mob attacked father and daughter who were strolling along the small Gurungwe gap road connecting Mvurwi-Guruve Road and Centenary-Mazowe Road at dusk.

The two were left for dead and found  unconscious on Wednesday by farm labourers, who subsequently ferried them to a hospital in Harare.

Comments (18)

munoregedzereyi zvinhu zvino nyangadza kuda zvichiitika munyika. tozonzi hatina mutemo moti tanangwa cum on mhani. chakaipa chakaipa kwemazuwa ese ranyanya kukoshei purazi iroro kuti zita renyika risvibiswe to this extent.

nyanga - 22 May 2014

"Martin Dinha, minister of State for Mashonaland Central, urged the remaining white farms to increase their security." is the minister really serious about this? The thugs must simply be brought to book. Their motive was simply to tarnish the image of the country and the ruling part.

bambo - 22 May 2014

Can someone out there tell me why the so called WEST should lift sanctions on our country when this wanton loss of life continue.

Norman Marasa - 22 May 2014

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ORIGINAL - 22 May 2014

how can a minister urge farmes to increase security saka mapurisa basa rawo nderei thy are definately behind this

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shaame, RIP guys. Its very bad!!!!! munouraya munhu kuti ndimi makamusika here...u must learn to forgiv u idiots. Imbwa dzavanhu idzi, hw can u gang-rap mwana wake, worse stil u leave her dead. let the spirit of madness dwell in u now, in the name of jesus. spirit of madness please attack those idiots now!!!

jonzo - 22 May 2014

That white farmer was killed because someone eyed his farm and how well he runs it. The farmer had the biggest yield of tobacco I that province as well as maize.... its so unfortunate that he had actually planned to figure from farming after this year's harvest...

zimbabwe - 22 May 2014

This is sad event indeed coming at a time the country badly needs to spruce up its image internationally, may their souls rest in peace. If Dinha is seriously concerned about the security of the white farmers who he says he values so much, why don't they deploy the police to provide that security, at least until the culprits have been brought to book. There are murderers on the loose out there and all he says is they must improve their own security? What are we paying taxes for if not for the police to do their job among other services?

Dr Know - 23 May 2014

ngavasa rasa macondom avakawana vaindenawo kunganga vavagadzirise.vanouyavoga, vanhu ava vakapata chaizvo gadzirisai vanhu

vanhuava - 23 May 2014

Did the herald report this?

moven - 23 May 2014

As long as we have hundreds of murderous among us who have been killing whites and opposition supporters in the name of the revolutionary part freely roaming our country then we haven't seen anything yet. And this Dinha thing, the fellows are simply tired and clueless on anything. Its a tragedy to expect anything good from our rulers in 2014 and beyond.

Kufakwejeyi - 23 May 2014

who told u that these murderers and rapist are Zanu PF,

Samson - 23 May 2014

Its only one day zvichakuwanai chete

Mazivisa - 23 May 2014

I am shocked, opinions here imply the murderers (common criminals possibly) are ZANU PF, most likely Warvets!!! So the murderers who killed the South Wessex family is also ZANU PF? Go and see a shrink.

Don Wezhira - 23 May 2014

Its really disgusting whats happening to whites in the southern African countries. Most who are left here want to live peacefully with other races. Yet this constent murdering of farmers who bring food to our tables. Its happening here too in South Africa and just recent 8 Zimbabweans captured after murdering people in our area.. I ask WHY? These animals that are doing this are aged between 20 and 30 years of age. Why do they do this in our country and why are you doing it in your country? Don't you think its barbaric? its a un Christian act? RIP to the farmer and his daughter as for the gang rappers I hope I will meet you one day some where close to your village.. I dream fro that day....

Adrian - 12 May 2016

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