A JEALOUS man from Nyamandlovu in Matabeleland North has been arrested after he allegedly beat his wife to death after she was greeted by another man, police confirmed.
Elvis Ngwenya (28) of Village 3 Seafield Valley under Chief Deli, allegedly accused the now deceased Primrose Ncube of infidelity after a male church mate greeted her on Sunday night.
The couple had just dropped off a Victoria Falls-bound train at Nyamandlovu Train Station at around 11 pm when an unnamed church mate greeted Ncube, which did not go down well with Ngwenya.
A misunderstanding ensued as Ngwenya accused his wife of cheating on him and he allegedly assaulted her several times with a switch while also kicking her.
Ngwenya spent the night in the bush guarding his injured wife as she couldn’t walk due to the injuries.
He raised alarm in the morning claiming that they had been mugged.
Officer Commanding Lupane District Chief Superintendent Edgar Dhliwayo said Ngwenya was assisting police with investigations and likely to appear in court charged with murder.
“On 18 August at around 11 pm, the two had dropped off a train at Deli Station when the woman was greeted by a male church mate whose name was not provided. This didn’t go down well with Ngwenya who started accusing her of infidelity resulting in a misunderstanding.
“He took a switch and assaulted her while also kicking her all over the body,” said Chief Supt Dhliwayo.
He said Ncube sustained injuries on the head and bruises all over the body, resulting in her failing to walk home.
“Both slept on the roadside near the station and in the morning the suspect went to seek for help. When he returned with some people he found the woman already dead,” said Chief Supt Dhliwayo.
He said a report was made to the police who attended to the scene.
Sources said Ngwenya claimed they were attacked by some thugs who robbed them of some groceries.
The same groceries were found at the couple’s homestead and Ngwenya was arrested while his wife’s body was taken to Mpilo Central Hospital for a post-mortem.
Chief Supt Dhliwayo urged members of the public not to use violence but seek help when faced with domestic problems.
“As police we always want people to resolve issues by engaging elders in the church or families than to use violence which ends badly and also affects children,” he said.