Man knifes brother over traditional ritual

A Chipinge man recently went berserk and allegedly ripped his brother’s stomach with an okapi knife leaving his intestine protruding. This followed a misunderstanding they had on their way to conduct a traditional ritual for their deceased father.


The matter left villagers of the Garahwa area in Chipinge stunned.
Gibson Makele (45), and his younger brother Abraham (35), were in April this year drinking opaque beer at a family gathering to discuss the issue of conducting a family ritual for their deceased father.

During the discussion, Gibson and Abraham disagreed on how the ritual would be conducted and the arguement degenerated into a fist fight.

Police said Gibson was accusing Abraham of not cooperating with others on the issue of the ritual.

In a fit of rage, Gibson allegedly assaulted Abrabam with clenched fists several times. He then drew an okapi knife and stabbed Abraham once in the head and then ripped open his stomach.

After committing the offence, Gibson fled the scene.

Abraham was rushed to St Peters Mission Hospital, where he was later transferred to Chiredzi District hospital.

From Chiredzi, he was transferred to Masvingo General Hospital and then to United Bulawayo Hospitals, where he later died.

Chipinge acting district police spokesperson, Sergeant Clothing Ncube said after committing the offence, Gibson fled the scene and a report was made by his neighbour, Elias Ndlovu who witnessed the incident.

“After committing this offence the accused vanished and he is still at large. We urge members of the public with information that may lead to his arrest to contact any nearest police station,” said Ncube.

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