AN enraged Nyanga man last week on Saturday went berserk, and set ablaze his mother-in-law’s house, household property and livestock before snatching his daughter and bolted away following a dispute with his estranged wife.
So bitter was Abraham Chanakira (30) that he returned to his in-laws’ homestead six days later, and set 10 goats, a fowl run and a goat pen on fire.
As if that was not enough, he took away one beast which he had paid as lobola.
Acting Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka, confirmed the incident which happened in Mapere Village, Mayo in Headlands.
Villagers in the area took the law into their own hands and heavily assaulted Chanakira for being a ‘problem child’.
He is battling for life at Rusape District Hospital.
Chanakira had an altercation with his estranged wife, Emilia Chanakira and they went separate ways.
Emilia left their matrimonial home and returned to her mother, Ms Agnes Mukova’s homestead in Mapere Village.
“Chanakira went to the homestead and demanded custody of their daughter. He assaulted Emilia and her mother before forcibly taking his daughter as well as a beast he had paid as part of lobola and went away. He returned six days later and set ablaze Ms Mukova’s bedroom, kitchen hut, goat pen and 10 goats,” said Assistant Inspector Chinyoka.
Villagers effected a citizen’s arrest and gave him a thorough hiding using logs before handing him over to the police.
He sustained serious injuries and was taken to Mayo Clinic before being transferred to Rusape District Hospital.