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Man commits suicide over land dispute

by Staff reporter
24 Oct 2023 at 06:06hrs | Views
A family land dispute turned tragic when a man from Hurungwe committed suicide last Friday. Lovemore Mbasera reportedly took his own life at his homestead in Chakupamwari village, Masokoti, ward 9, Hurungwe North, following a dispute with Chief Kazangarare and his aides.

Ward 9 councillor Dickson Jani expressed deep sorrow over Mbasera's decision to commit suicide. He mentioned that Mbasera had a long-standing land feud with some family members, resulting from a plot allocation that belonged to his mother. Despite recent attempts to resolve the issue, Mbasera tragically decided to end his life.

Kuda Tagarira, a close friend of Mbasera, revealed that the deceased felt like an outcast within his own family. They attended a meeting led by Chief Kazangarare and headman Shumbayaonda at a local business center, where Mbasera shared his concerns. The jury's judgment went against him, ordering him to leave the disputed plot, which had been a source of conflict for over 12 years.

Chief Kazangarare confirmed the meeting and explained that Mbasera claimed to have a civil court order granting him the right to stay on the plot. However, the traditional leader requested Mbasera to provide the court judgment to amicably resolve the case, but sadly, Mbasera took his own life shortly after.

Local villagers mentioned that Mbasera had come to the area a few years ago but was not readily accepted by his family members, and the plot he was allocated was registered under his mother's name. Double allocation by a local headman and ongoing family conflicts led to him feeling like an outcast until the tragic event occurred.

Mashonaland West provincial spokesperson Inspector Ian Kohwera stated that he was not yet prepared to comment on the matter.

Source - newsday
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