The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has issued a statement on the death of MDC Alliance councillor and district coordinating chair Lovender Chiwaya of Ward 4 Hurungwe Central, Karoi, Mashonaland West.
Lovender Chiwaya was allegedly murdered and his naked body was found dumped four houses away from his home.
Whilst the MDC Alliance suspects that Chiwaya was abducted by State security agents and murdered before his body was dumped, ZRP suggests Chiwaya died as a result of an illicit whiskey known as kranco he had drunk earlier before he met his demise.
In a statement clarifying Chiwaya’s death, police say the late MDC Alliance top official shared two x 200ml Challenger Whisky (kranco) with his friend Munyaradzi Pasipamire.
Check the ZRP statement below:
ZRP PRESS STATEMENT 22 AUGUST 2020 CLARITY ON THE DEATH OF LAVENDA CHIWAYA IN KAROI
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is conducting investigations into the death of Lavenda Chiwaya in Karoi between the 20th and 21st of August 2020.
The facts are that Lavenda Chiwaya and Munyaradzi Pasipamire approached Tinashe Kanhema (42) who was roasting and selling maize cobs at 1930 hours on 20th August 2020. The duo was given a roasted maize cob to share and went on to buy two x 200ml Challenger Whisky (kranco) which they again shared. At about 2030 hours, Lavenda Chiwaya left his two colleagues after telling them that he was going home.
The body of Lavenda Chiwaya was later found at number 1179 Chikangwe, Karoi. His known residential address is house number 1171 Chikangwe, Karoi which is four houses away from the scene. No struggle marks were observed by police besides the valuables which were retrieved from the body.
The Police are not aware of the alleged abduction or kidnapping as alluded to by some individuals and groups on social media. Full scale investigations are in progress to find out exactly what happened. This entails interviews with friends, colleagues and witnesses who were with Lavenda Chiwaya on the fateful day.
The Police cautions the public against interfering with crime scenes as what happened in Karol is a cause for concern. We appeal to politicians to avoid premature statements and allow the investigations to proceed smoothly. Politicians should be careful in their comments as there are allegations of girlfriends and alcohol abuse issues which are now subject to police investigations in this case.