Latest On Horrific Murder Of 2 Grade 1 Pupils In Nyanga: Two Suspects Arrested
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed the arrest of two suspects in connection with the horrific murder of two Grade 1 pupils which occurred in Nyanga last week.
48-year-old Solomon Munyama and Passmore Kumbirai (age not given) were arrested for the murder of Dilan and Melissa Benza of Sambaza Village, in Nyanga. The two children were both aged 7.
Giving an update on the case, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi revealed that the two had been arrested for the murder which occured on Tuesday last week. He also revealed that the police had recovered a blood-stained hoe from the home of one of the suspects.
The police spokesperson said,
Police in Mutasa arrested two men (23 & 59), in connection with two cases of murder which occurred at Sambaza Village, Mutasa, on 14/04/21, where two minors were found dead in a disused toilet pit.
Clothes and a small hoe with suspected bloodstains were recovered from the suspects’ homes. Investigations are in progress.
2/2 Clothes and a small hoe with suspected blood stains were recovered from the suspects’ homes. Investigations are in progress. #notomurder
— Zimbabwe Republic Police (@PoliceZimbabwe) April 18, 2021
The two suspects are assisting the police with their investigations and they are expected to appear in court soon.
Melissa and Dilan Benza, went missing last week after they left school for home. The two children both learned at Mbaza Primary School which is 4 kilometres away from their home.
When the parents realised that the children were late in coming back home, they raised alarm and launched a frantic search for the children with assistance from their community.
To the horror of everyone, the bodies of the two minors were discovered in a disused pit latrine toilet about 2km from the school.
According to police reports, the bodies had deep cuts on the necks and the children’s school uniforms were blood-stained. However, preliminary investigations indicated that all body parts were intact.
The bodies of the two minors were transported to Nyanga Hospital for a post mortem.