A SELF-PROCLAIMED Gutu prophet was last week sentenced to 25 years imprisonment after a High Court judge found him guilty of murdering his neighbour with actual intent over a land boundary dispute.
Justice Francis Bere, who was in circuit in Masvingo, handed the lengthy jail term to Tinashe Mwazha on Friday for stabbing his neighbour to death.
Prosecutor Tinashe Chikwati told the court that Mwazha, who practiced spiritual healing sessions at his home, had a long land dispute with his neighbour, the now deceased Alfred Murwira.
The court heard that Murwira had on several occasions approached the prophet whom he accused of encroaching into his farming land.
Then on 9 December 2013, Mwazha approached Murwira who was drinking beer at a local beer-hall and started poking him in the face with his finger over the same issue.
A fist fight ensued between the two but they were restrained from further assaulting each other by Mwazha’s uncle, Micheal Tsanga, who locked his nephew in a room at the beer hall.
The court heard that Mwazha manged to sneak out of the room and followed Murwira who was retreating home with his young brother Innocent, and requested to have a private moment with his victim.
Innocent waited for his brother some meters away as the two engaged each other.
The court was told that five minutes later Innocent went back to check on the two and discovered that his brother was lying on the ground with Mwazha assaulting him.
Innocent then restrained Mwazha from further assaulting his brother but discovered that he had already been stabbed several times with a knife on the neck and the stomach.
Murwira was rushed to Gutu hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.