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Police arrest trio for murder of kombi driver

Police in Bulawayo have made a breakthrough and arrested three suspects in connection with the death of a 42-year-old commuter omnibus driver.

The suspects have been identified as Thamsanqa Ncube (32) of Entumbane, Nhlonipho Moyo (23) of 1230 old Magwegwe and Ndodana Ncube.

Mlungisi Ncube who plied the Emgwanwini-Cowdray Park route died in December last year.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said on December 6 at around 8 pm, Mlungisi was assaulted by unknown persons at the corner of Masiyephambili Drive and Luveve road.

A passer-by then assisted him to his sister’s place in New Lobengula.

An ambulance was summoned and he was taken to Mpilo Hospital where he was treated and later discharged.

On February 4, Mlungisi started complaining of head pains and memory loss. He was admitted to Mpilo Hospital and passed on four days later.

The postmortem report indicated that he had died due to raised intracanal pressure, recent head injuries and post-assault.

The police then launched investigations which led them to Thamsanqa Ncube who later implicated his brother, Ndodana.

Ndodana then implicated Nhlonipho.

“The three of them were then taken to ZRP Entumbane for further interviews. Upon interviewing them, they revealed that they are involved in mining activities at Nugget mine in Matopo as a way of earning a living. Thamsanqa and Nhlonipho were interviewed on the incident which led to the assault of their brother by the touts and the duo confirmed that they were present when their brother was assaulted,” said Inspector Ncube.

“They also indicated that they later ganged up with other two accused persons who are still at large and three other accused persons are currently serving at Khami prison for a case of murder which occurred at a sports bar in old Magwegwe, to revenge after their brother was assaulted”.

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