By Daniel Kachere
Police have swiftly springed to action solving the current mystery surrounding shocking murders of street urchins in Harare that were believed to be ritual killings by some sections of the public, Nhau/Indaba has confirmed.
A statement from National Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyati relates that Thandwenkosi Ndlovu (20 ) allegedly targeted his victims who would be fast asleep and crushed their heads while they were fast asleep” and open their stomachs to remove their genitals and other body parts using empty bottles.”
Unperturbed by his heinous acts, Ndlovu would “boil or braai the human parts on any open fire place and consume them while in Harare Central Business District (CBD).”
According to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), detectives yesterday tracked him along Rotten Row Road in the capital City where he tried to attack another urchin who allegedly did not attempt to make a report to the law enforcing department after the incident.
Said Asst Comm Nyati: “On being arrested, the suspect was positively linked to five murder cases which occurred on 28 August 2023 at the corner of George Silundika Avenue and Simon Muzenda (formerly 4th Street), Harare.”
“On September 1, 2023 at the corner of Inez Terrace and Robert Mugabe; September 3, at the corner of Nelson Mandela Ave and 7th Street and on September 4, 2023, at the corner of Cripps and Remembrance Road (Mbare).
Apart from the Harare murders, Ndlovu is alleged to have committed the same acts in Bulawayo in January 2020 before relocating to Hare in 2021.
Police investigations say he reportedly crushed a victim’s head in Makokoba after finding him asleep by the roadside.
After the horrific attack, he allegedly attacked another victim at Sekhusile Shopping Centre in Nkulumane before fleeing to Harare.
Ndlovu also has a warrant of arrest relating to attempted murder and robbery charges which occured in Milton Park, Harare; June 2021.
After his bizarre acts, police revealed that there were no suspicions or evidence that these killings were linked to any ritual acts as perpetuated by social media.
Upon his appearance in court Tuesday, investigators were handed a warrant of further detention to which Ndlovu reportedly responded as unnecessary by pleading guilty to the killings that have left the general public in shellshocked. Nhau/Indaba