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 killing his family members, H-Metro reported.
Only the couple’s 18-month-old baby boy survived.In a statement obtained by H-metro, Director Army Public Relations, Lt.-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, Chapeyama, is now detained under heavy Military Police guard at Mpilo Hospital, the child is admitted to the same hospital.
“The entire rank and file of the Zimbabwe National Army are 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 a 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 Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation transmitter at Guinea Fowl, Gweru.
After he had finished his duty, the culprit sneaked out of the camp with his service rifle. He then travelled to Bulawayo with the AK-47 concealed in a bag.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.