In late summer, Zimbabwean police detained a local man named Chamunovra Jirira from Taderera Muvi. The 28-year-old young man is suspected of killing his countryman for financial motive.
Jirira allegedly struck the victim several times with an iron bar because of gambling losses. The deceased turned out to be 17-year-old Rodrika Chimangu of Hamamuti village.
According to the investigation, Jirira and Chimanga consumed illicit alcohol at the victim’s home around 1 p.m. on July 20 and gambled for money. As a result, Chimanga won about $545 in local currency equivalent from Jirira and refused to continue playing, going home.
Jirira insisted on continuing the game because he wanted to get even, but Chimanga did not agree. The guest then attacked the house owner with an iron bar and hit him several times in the back and head, causing multiple wounds to the victim.
Chimanga’s uncle Fantah Maviramiti came running at the noise and took him to Father O’hee Hospital in Kutama. Doctors fought for Rodrik’s life, but they could not save him. The 17-year-old died the next day due to severe blood loss and injuries incompatible with life. Chamunovr Jirir was immediately detained and placed under arrest.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of home-produced alcohol and money that the victim and his attacker gambled with. Prosecutor Herekia Maromo requested 12 years in prison for the defendant, and Superior Judge Filda Muzofa accepted the request and granted it. Chamunovra Jirira has already begun serving his sentence.
Recall that gambling is legal in Zimbabwe, but only in designated casinos. In addition, the authorities also plan to legalize online gambling by the end of the year. This will allow popular offshore operators to start operating legally in the country and provide the state with a new source of revenue for the treasury. For now, it is possible to play online on foreign sites. Zimbabweans are not embarrassed by the lack of a national license because, as a rule, such casinos give no deposit bonuses. You can check out a full list of such offers on various aggregator sites, so players only have to register and get the prize.
At the same time, gambling between people in the home is illegal, as is the production of alcohol. Both crimes are punishable by fines and jail time, so even if Chimanga had survived, he would also have been prosecuted for making beer. That fate would probably be met by his uncle Fantah Maviramiti, who lived in the same house as the murdered man and probably knew about the illegal production of alcohol.