SOLDIER RUNS AMOK!
2 February 2018
. . . murders wife, 2 sisters
THE Zimbabwe National Army has confirmed the murder case in which a soldier shot dead his wife and her two sisters.
The culprit Carlos Chapeyama is currently detained under heavy military guard at Mpilo hospital after he attempted to commit suicide after committing the murders.
Only a six-month-old baby boy survived.
In a statement, Director Army public relations, Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore revealed that Carlos sneaked out of the camp with a service rifle.
“The Zimbabwe National Army regrets to announce the occurrence of a family shooting incident which happened last night in New Magwegwe, Bulawayo.
“The perpetrator Private Chapeyama is now detained under heavy Military Police guard at Mpilo Hospital, the child is admitted at the same hospital.
“The entire rank and file of the Zimbabwe National Army is shocked and saddened by this unfortunate incident.
“The Army authorities are doing everything possible to reduce the burden on the grieving families concerning the mourning and burial of the deceased,” reads part of the statement.
The circumstances surrounding the matter are that Chapeyama Carlos had a long standing dispute with his now deceased wife, Archly Phiri (21).
On the day in question, the ZNA member had been assigned night guard duties at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation transmitter at Guinea Fowl, Gweru.
He then finished his duty and sneaked out of the camp with his service rifle.
He then travelled to Bulawayo with the AK47 folding butt rifle concealed in a bag.
Private Chapeyama went straight to his in-laws’ house in New Magwegwe where he found his wife together with her two sisters, the now deceased Rita Nkomo (23) and Nkosivhumile Ncube (16) plus his child Tlowi Chapeyama (18 months).
He then randomly opened fire on the three sisters killing them on the spot.
The child survived with serious gunshot wounds.
He tried to commit suicide by turning the rifle on himself but was only seriously injured.