BREAKING: Gweru man Darlington Miti (42) sets lover, children on fire after rejected marriage proposal

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OWEN MATAVA in Gweru

Police in Gweru is investigating an attempted murder case where a 42-year-old man Darlington Miti set a family house in Heritage Park, Gweru in which seven people including his wife of 9 years were sleeping on fire, after a misunderstanding, midlands news can reveal.

Midlands Police spokesperson, Inspector, Emmanuel Mahoko confirmed the latest development and said that the incident occurred on May 6, 2021 at about 0200 hours.

Police say the suspect Miti has since surrendered himself to the police and is now in custody.

“I can confirm that the accused Darlington Miti has since been arrested and he will appear in court soon to answer to the allegations of attempted murder.

“Property burnt at the family house includes the motor vehicle, bed, headboard, blankets and clothing items with a total value of USD8050. No one was injured”, said Mahoko.

It is alleged the complainant Chipo Mafunda aged 42 has two children from her previous marriage, aged 23 while the suspect had also one child from his previous marriage aged 21.

According to reports, Miti and Mufunda were staying with the three children in their 9 year old marriage.

It is being alleged that the misunderstanding arose after Mafunda allegedly asked her stepson to move out and stay with his own mother.

Reports say that this did not go down well with Miti who is said to have taken his son to an unknown place.

“The complainant woke up and discovered suspect smashing window pane to their bedroom and pouring petrol into the room before setting on fire.

“He went on to burn a Nissan Murano motor vehicle belonging to Mafunda which was parked outside the house.

“I take this opportunity to call upon those in marriages to always seek help from third parties to settle differences when they develop between them”, said Mahoko the provincial police spokesperson.