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Midlands tops 2023 murder cases 

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Midlands tops 2023 murder cases 

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SYDNEY MUBAIWA

MIDLANDS BUREAU 

GWERU – Midlands province recorded 379 murders in 2023, the highest for any province, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has said. 

The statistics were released at the official opening of the 2024 Legal Year by Chief Justice Luke Malaba at the Constitutional Court.  

Matabeleland South recorded 223 cases followed by Bulawayo metropolitan province with 168 cases. Mashonaland West had 151 cases with Harare recording 143 cases.  Manicaland had 107 cases with Masvingo recording 81 murders. Mashonaland Central had 63 cases while Mashonaland East had 45 cases. Matabeleland North recorded 23 cases. 

Midlands Police Spokesperson, Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko attributed the high numbers to illegal gold mining scuffles in a press statement. He said most murders were recorded in gold mining towns as Shurugwi, Kwekwe, Mberengwa, Gokwe, Mvuma, Zvishavane and Gweru. 

Mahoko said it is because of this background that Midlands Police has continuously issued prohibitions for carrying weapons as machetes, axes, catapults, swords, knives or daggers, knobkerries or any traditional weapons throughout the year.

“We are appealing to members of the public to desist from engaging in violence when solving disputes. Murder is now a serious cause for concern in the Midlands as statistics from the JSC indicated that the province recorded the highest number of cases. 

“May all people in leadership positions talk about the issue whenever they address their subjects to help in reducing the crime. It is critical that all citizens play their part in preventing the crime,” he said.

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