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Landlord Kills Tenant Over Rent, Police Launch Manhunt

By Caroline Nyalugwe

Thyolo, Mana: Police in Thyolo have launched a manhunt for Wonderford Maseya on suspicion that he killed his 28-year-old tenant, Jeremiah Chrispine Kadula, over rental issues.

The incident occurred on the night of September 6, 2021 at Njale Trading Centre in Traditional Authority Mphuka in the district.

Thyolo Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Rabecca Kashoti, said the deceased (Kadula) was renting in one of the shops belonging to the suspect (Maseya) at Njale Trading Centre where he was operating his business as a cell phone repairer.

The two agreed that the rental fee amounting to K5, 000 should be paid on the 15th day of every month, which was happening.

“It was on the evening of Monday September 6, 2021 last week, when the suspect (Maseya) approached his tenant to inform him that the rental fee will be collected on every first day of the month.

“This however, annoyed the deceased and fight erupted between the two, which prompted the suspect to produce an axe and hacked his tenant on the head.

“This caused blood to ooze from the head,” said Kashoti.

She further said that it took the effort of well-wishers to take the victim to Thyolo District Hospital where he died while receiving treatment this week.

Meanwhile, investigations are underway to arrest the suspect and if arrested, he would answer the charge of murder.

The suspect, Wonderford Maseya, comes from Njale Village in Traditional Authority Mphuka in Thyolo District, whereas the deceased, Jeremiah Chrispine Kadula hailed from Solomon Village in Traditional Authority Kuntaja in Blantyre.

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