Police yesterday said they were concerned at the sudden spike in murder cases recorded countrywide.
The murders stemmed from domestic violence, adultery and altercations or misunderstandings, police said.
They cited the example of a serial killer arrested early this year on allegations of raping and murdering 13 women.
In May, Alois Tapiwa Nduna (26), alias Jackson Moyo, believed to be the country’s worst serial killer and blood-sucking rapist, was arraigned before the Gweru Magistrates’ Court facing five counts of murder and two of attempted murder.
Nduna, of Matanga village under Chief Jiri in Gokwe South, is a self-confessed Satanist, who recently confessed to raping and murdering 13 women in different parts of the country. Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said they were concerned at the murder cases as some of them could have been avoided.
“We are concerned with murder cases and we would like to urge the public not to solve disputes through violent ways. They should resolve them amicably,” she said.
She said people should seek the assistance of the police, traditional leaders or relatives in the event of misunderstandings.
Last Sunday, another Gokwe man axed to death his pregnant wife before committing suicide after he allegedly caught her in a compromising position on their matrimonial bed with her ex-husband.
Nkululeko Mlotshwa, a pushcart operator, axed his wife, Stabile Dube, after discovering she had an extra-marital affair with her former husband.
A Harare club disc jockey on Sunday allegedly murdered his girlfriend and severely attacked her suspected lover after he caught them being intimate in Queensdale.
The suspect, popularly known as Tafi, has since gone into hiding.