Student Murdered In Chipinge By Classmate:
In a sad turn of events, a 15-year-old grade 7 pupil from Mwacheta Primary School in Chipinge murdered his classmate following an altercation at school.
The sad incident happened while the classmates were on their way home from school. This took place when the students were left with exactly 2 days to sit for their final examinations which started yesterday on Thursday.
Mr Richard Gabaza, Chipinge District Schools Inspector together with district police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Jouwert Kamera, confirmed the death of Proud Simango.
“Proud was stabbed by another Grade Seven student with the assistance of his uncle, Tichaona Mabemba,” said Mr Gabaza.
“This sad incident took place while the pupils were on their way home at around 1 pm and about 2,5km from the school premises.
“Among those who witnessed the stabbing was a Grade Six pupil, Angeline Semwayo, who rushed back to the school to inform the authorities. The headmaster sent a rescue team, but upon arrival, the perpetrators had disappeared,” he said.
Mr Gabaza also said The deputy headmaster, assisted by other pupils carried the victim into a hired truck
Families of both the accused and the victim rushed and joined the rescue team and took Proud to Chipinge District Hospital.
“Unfortunately, the victim was pronounced dead on arrival at Chipinge District Hospital. As of Wednesday, Proud’s body was still at the hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem,” said Mr Gabaza.
Assistant Inspector Kamera commented that Mabemba and the 15-year-old Grade 7 pupil were arrested.
According to a report made by Manica Post, a teacher at the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the two pupils had a misunderstanding at school.
He said after school, the suspect teamed up with his uncle to waylay Proud on his way home.
“When he realised that danger was imminent, Proud took to his heels. One of the suspects shot him with a catapult on the leg. Proud stopped running and Mabhemba ordered the juvenile to kill him.
“Without hesitation, the Grade Seven student stabbed Proud on the ribs. Proud collapsed and bled profusely,” said Asst Insp Kamera.
The SDC chairperson, Mr Paonei Machuwaire, said parents were devastated by the incident.
“We are dumbfounded. These children should have been preparing for their exams. Life has been lost unnecessarily. We are sending our condolences to the Simangos for the loss of their son,” he said.