Soldier guns down adulterous partner, kills self


© Police in Mashonaland West Province has confirmed the death by shooting of an adulterous Zimbabwe National Army officer and her partner from Kwekwe, writes OWEN MATAVA.

A memo gleaned by midlands news shows that Violet Sazunza of Neuso Mhondoro, alerted the police of the sudden death by shooting of Fungai Katsuro aged 37 of Mbizo 1 Extension in Kwekwe and Soldier Brighton Matura aged 33 of 5.1 Infantry Battalion, Battlefields, Kadoma. Matura was a Lance Corporal.

According to the memo, the incident happened at Katsuro General Dealer Shop located at Nyimo Growth Point, Sanyati around 7am on the 8th of this month.

The deceased female partner was legally married to Keith Chidora aged 35, of House number 13376, Mbizo 1 Extension, Kwekwe and employed at Delta Beverages, Kwekwe. They got married in 2009 and bore two children namely Heartley Tadiwa Chidora aged 10 years and Haily Tadiswa Chidora aged 4 years.

The memo shows that Katsuro was running Katsuro Bottle store and shop at Nyimo shopping centre, the premise which belongs to her father Pension Katsuro aged 53, of House number 6798, Westview, Kadoma.

The circumstances are that Katsuro who was a General dealer has been having an extra marital affair with accused Matura and information received revealed that she was once reprimanded by her father. On several occasions, Katsuro is reported to have been involved in quarrels and fights over infidelity issues with the accused and now late Matura

According to the memo, on the 6th day of July 2020 at around 0600 hours, accused arrived at Katsuro General Dealer whilst he was in civilian attire but armed with an AK 47 rifle which he was holding with his right hand. He was received by the informant Violet Sazunza who was familiar to the accused.

It is said that Matura went into the room where Katsuro was sleeping. The two spent the day together and retired to bed at around 2200 hours and were in a jovial mood.

On the7th of July Matura also spent the day at the shop. At around mid-day, the accused realized that an allowance had been deposited into his bank account as reflected on his cell phone. Matura and Katsuro went on a beer drinking spree up until 0200 hours on 8 July, 2020 when the two retired for bed.

At about 0600 hours, informant Sazunza woke up to do her morning chores and heard the sound of a radio in Katsuro’ room. She also heard the two having their friendly discussions.

At about 0730 hours, whilst the informant was still doing her morning chores, she heard a loud sound like a gun shot and she rushed behind the shop to find out. She did not find anything amiss and she just suspected an electrical fault at the meter box. After about 2 minutes, she heard the same sound and she became suspicious.

The informant went to check at Katsuro’ room and after knocking several times on the door and getting no response, she pushed the door open to find out. She discovered the lifeless body of the Katsuro lying naked on the bed and that of Matura which was in a pool of blood on the floor.

Sazunza immediately advised neighbours who assisted her in making the report to ZRP Sanyati.


Scene was attended by CID and details from ZRP Sanyati.

Deceased’s body was found lying naked on the bed facing downwards and her blankets were soaked with blood.

Deceased had gunshot wounds on the right palm and right side of the head. Her cellphone, a Huawei cell phone gold in colour was recovered.

Accused’s body was found lying on the floor in a pool of blood besides the bed facing western direction.

His body had only a blue short trouser and nothing on the top was inspected and it had a gunshot wound on the throat and an opening on the skull. His right hand was holding the AK 47 rifle on the trigger guard.

The AK 47 rifle serial numbers Z.A 65198 and butt number 749 which was found cocked with one round in the chamber, 18 rounds in the magazine was cleared and recovered as exhibit.

Two spent cartridges and one bullet head were also recovered in the room.

Skull fragments were observed scattered all over the room.

A bullet hole and blood splashes were observed on the ceiling of the room.

A search was conducted in accused’s clothes and his national identity card, a Golden note identity card, an April 2020 ZNA pay slip in his name and a black Stylo cell phone with a Buddie line IMEI numbers 3598 3809 0752 882 were recovered from his jean trouser pockets.

The two bodies were conveyed to Kadoma General Hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem.

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