Gutu – Rampant murder cases in the country involving the mentally challenged are now calling for urgent Government intervention.
Roy Nigo of Mubonderi Village under Chief Chitsa in Gutu was arrested on Wednesday last week after he whipped his relatives’ two-year-old daughter and then hit her with a stone.
The girl died three days later on Saturday at Harare Hospital.
Masvingo Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident and said that the accused is mentally challenged. Scores of people in Zimbabwe are attacked and killed every month by people with mental illnesses.
Experts have attributed the problems to a critical shortage of mental illness drugs in the country. The drugs are also expensive and not affordable to the majority of citizens.
“The ZRP appeals to those who have relatives suffering from mental challenges to refer them to hospitals and to ensure that they take medications as prescribed,” said Dhewa.
Nigo allegedly killed the girl two days after his release from Chikurubi Maximum Prison.
At 4pm the deceased’s mother Sophia Mhokore (49) left the girl and the accused at home as she went to the fields.
Nigo started assaulting the deceased with bare hands for no apparent reason. He then struck her with a stone once on the head.
The deceased was rushed to Chinyika Clinic then Masvingo Provincial Hospital and Harare Hospital where she died on arrival.