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AN ex-convict who was released from prison in February this year under the presidential amnesty programme set his girlfriend on fire for allegedly ‘infecting’ him with HIV.

Levison Mukubwa, from Shairo Village under Chief Ndawi, immediately went on the run after the incident.

The woman, Violet Tohwechipi, 30, from Shadaya Village under Chief Nerupiri, died from her wounds on Sunday at Masvingo General Hospital.

Police in Masvingo confirmed the incident and have since launched a manhunt for the suspect.

Mukubwa is among the 2,000 inmates who were released from prison under the presidential amnesty in February this year.

He was doing jail time for stock-theft.

Mukubwa and Tohwechipi, who was a single mother, were seeing each for some time following the ex-convict’s release from prison.

Mukubwa would frequent his girlfriend’s place from time to time as she was staying alone.

A source close to the family, who asked not to be named, said on the fateful day, Mukubwa visited his girlfriend’s residence where the two got intimate in the latter’s bedroom.

“Tohwechipi got outside to look for something and Levison noticed a medical card on a chair in the room and out of curiosity took and read it,” he said.

“It was then that he discovered on the card that his girlfriend was HIV positive and had been receiving antiretroviral treatment behind his back.”

When Mukubwa asked his girlfriend, she became evasive.

Incensed, Mukubwa grabbed a five litre container filled with petrol, poured it on Tohwechipi and set her alight.

Attempts by relatives to douse the flames however, failed.

Tohwechipi’s body is still at Masvingo General Hospital mortuary with her relatives vowing to dump her body at the boyfriend’s homestead.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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