Woman attempts to burn sister to death


A 43-year-old woman from Dete almost killed her elder sister after intentionally setting ablaze a hut in which her sibling slept on Sunday, it has emerged.
A local court heard Tuesday that 63-year-old Idah Chimbiye Shoko was saved by son Isaac
Mudimba who rushed to untie a rope that his mother’s younger sister had used to fasten the door so she could not escape.
The younger sister, Judith Shoko from Chilanga Village under Chief Nekatambe, pleaded guilty to attempted murder when she appeared before Hwange regional magistrate Collet Ncube.
She was slapped with six years in jail but will serve an effective three years after half the sentence was conditionally suspended.
“Shoko hatched a plan to revenge an assault by her elder sister and on Sunday at about 3am, she armed herself with a box of matches and a rope and proceeded to the complainant’s homestead,” said prosecutor Tomupei Mbiza.
“Upon arrival, Shoko tied the door using a rope before setting the hut on fire. She ignored her elder sister who was pleading with her to stop what she was doing.”
After setting the hut on fire, Shoko went away leaving her elder sister screaming for help, the court was told.
The victim’s son, who was sleeping in another hut, reacted quickly after hearing his mother screaming and untied the rope to rescue his mother.
Neighbours also rushed to put out the fire before it could engulf the whole hut.
Property valued at $300 was burnt but the complainant escaped unhurt.