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AT least 219 murder cases related to domestic disputes have been recorded in the first half of the year, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has said. In most of the cases the deaths were as a result of disputes between spouses that degenerated into fights and murder.

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the ZRP had since launched a nationwide anti-domestic violence awareness campaign and other forms of violence.

“Between January and May this year we recorded 219 cases of murder,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said, adding: “And in most cases the murders were committed over petty issues that people could have discussed and resolved amicably.”

She urged people to desist from domestic violence, urging those involved in disputes to seek counselling from the police, counsellors, churches or community leaders.

“We want to urge the public to respect the sanctity of life. So our anti-domestic violence awareness campaigns are aimed at educating the nation on domestic violence and to encourage people to solve disputes amicably,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the campaigns also sought to encourage the public to report rape and abuse of children by close family members or neighbours, which usually went unreported.

In March while launching the International Women’s Day, Vice President Joice Mujuru said reported cases of domestic violence in Zimbabwe had increased by over 500 percent to nearly 11 000 cases from 2008 to 2012.

Meanwhile, a jilted 50-year-old man this week appeared in court facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly torched a hut in which his ex-wife and two children were sleeping.

Cephas Tembani, of No. 40 Adylinn Road, New Marlborough, was not formally charged when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe.

Tembani was remanded in custody to July 6 and was aised to apply for bail at the High Court.

The complainant in the matter is Tembani’s ex-wife, Tendai Chizungu (40), and children Aldah (13) and Takunda (8).

Prosecutor Mr Farai Gatsi told the court that Tembani was once married to Chizungu and they had two children together.

It is alleged that on May 24 this year around 10.30pm, Tembani went to his ex-wife’s house where she was living with the children.

Tembani, who was aware that Chizungu and the children were asleep in the thatched house, set it ablaze, but was seen by Notice Collen, the court heard.

Chizungu was awakened by noise only to discover that her house was on fire. She managed to rescue the children, but not the household property which was reduced to ashes.

The total valued of the property destroyed was put at US$2 390.

Source : The Herald