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Chipinge Soldier Escapes Death By A Whisker

By Livingstone Mtetwa

CHIPINGE- An active member of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) should applaud the most high for his life after surviving a struck on the shoulder with a machete by a villager resisting arrest.

Sofelani Mtisi (43) of Masocha Village under Chief Gwenzi, Chipinge is facing attempted murder charges of a member of the ZNA currently deployed at Muzite Boarder illegal entrance point.

Masocha was arrested and dragged to Chipinge Magistrate Court.

Prosecuting Timothy Katsande told the court that Terrence Kagogoda (32) of 33 Infantry Batallion (William Ndangana Barracks),Chipinge received a report while on border patrol duties on the 26th of February at around 0800 hours to the effect that there was an accused person who had stabbed a someone with a knife.

The complainant with his workmates proceeded to arrest the accused person and on trying to effect the arrest, the accused who was holding a hoe in one hand and a machete in another, hesitantly struck the complainant once with a machete on the right shoulder where he sustained a deep cut and he fell down.

Complainant was then rushed to Mt Selinda Hospital where he is still admitted and seeking medical attention.

The accused pleaded guilty to the offence and was denied bail by Magistrate Poterai Gwezhira who presided over the matter and the trial date was remanded to April 30.