Zimbabwean man is battling for life in hospital after his 13-year-old stepson stabbed him on the chest for ending his relationship with the boy’s mother.

Absolom Muzanharo was rushed to Gweru Provincial Hospital with the knife still stuck in his chest last week.

Confirming the incident yesterday, Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko said: “Circumstances are that, the complainant Absolom Muzanharo (45) arrived home from work and demanded his belongings from his wife Flora Nkomo (46) saying he was no longer interested in their relationship.” He said a misunderstanding arose and Muzanharo struck Nkomo with a stone once on the chest.

“Nkomo managed to escape leaving the complaint and her son in the house. Muzanharo tried to strike his stepson with a stick and the boy drew a knife and stabbed him once on the chest,” said Insp Mahoko.

He said Muzanharo fell down with the knife stuck on his chest before Nkomo reported the matter to the police.

“The scene was attended and the suspect was arrested. Muzanharo was ferried to Kwekwe General Hospital and later transferred to Gweru Provincial Hospital for further management.

“We appeal to members of the public to solve disputes amicably and avoid the use of violence. Common sense should always prevail in determining ways of handling disputes,” he said.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, a 21-year-old woman from Shurugwi died allegedly after her husband struck her with a chair in a fight over missing money.

Insp Mahoko confirmed the incident which he said happened on Thursday last week.

“Police in Shurugwi are investigating a case of murder where a 21-year-old woman died after being struck with a wooden chair by her husband. The incident occurred on July 8 at about 7am in Shurugwi,” he said.

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