Tenant Kills Landlord Over Eviction Notice
The tragic death of a 44-year-old landlord, Mgcini Sibanda, has left the community of Nkulumane, Bulawayo in shock. Sibanda’s tenant, a 34-year-old man, allegedly killed him after being evicted from his rented home.
According to Inspector Abednico Ncube, a ZRP spokesperson in Bulawayo Province, the incident occurred on 18th March 2023 at around 11 PM. The accused person had a dispute with Sibanda over his continued stay in the house despite being given notice in January 2023. This disagreement turned violent, with the tenant assaulting Sibanda with an unknown object, causing him injuries.
Sadly, Sibanda did not report the incident to the police nor seek medical attention. The accused person fled the scene immediately after committing the alleged offense. The following day, a neighbor discovered Sibanda’s lifeless body sitting on the toilet seat. The police were notified, and an investigation into the incident was launched.
Upon examination, Sibanda’s body showed two cuts on the forehead, consistent with being caused by a sharp object, bruises on both knees, and bloodstains on his left arm. The community was devastated by the news of his death, with many expressing shock and disbelief.
Inspector Ncube urged members of the public to seek peaceful solutions to disputes instead of resorting to violence. He emphasized the importance of resolving issues amicably, whether in business or personal matters, and urged the public to seek legal assistance in case of disputes.
The tragic incident serves as a reminder of the dangers of unresolved conflicts and the importance of peaceful dispute resolution in our communities. It is a wake-up call to all of us to value the sanctity of human life and to seek peaceful solutions to our problems.