A Gweru man, Leo Kanyimo has allegedly struck and kill his wife with an axe. He allegedly also killed his two children with an axe handle after falling into a trance during a prayer session.
The third child miraculously survived after neighbours, responding to distress calls from the vendor’s screaming wife and children, broke down the door to the prayer room turned into a murder scene, the Chronicle has reported.
Witnesses to the shocking incident, which occurred at 2pm yesterday, said the man, Leo Kanyimo of Woodlands suburb, an ardent Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) member was praying in his house together with his family when he suddenly turned violent.
“We knew him as a prayerful man and yesterday he said they were fasting and praying for one of their children whom he said was posessed with evil spirits. As they were praying, we suddenly heard some screams that is when we dashed to the scene only to realise, he was axing the family,” said a neighbour, Mr Charles Ngazi.
Another witness and neighbour, Mrs Violent Guduza said the family had spent the previous night praying at the top of their voices.
She said Kanyimo, a vendor based at Woodlands Shopping Centre, was known to be a prayerful man.
“Last night they were making noise in their room praying until late and today I met his wife, Chipo and asked why they had been praying like that of late. She then indicated that they were praying for one of their minor girls whom they said was possessed,” she said.
Another neighbour said Kanyimo at one time held one of his children with his left hand before striking him on the head with the axe handle.
A Chronicle reporter visited the scene at around 4PM yesterday to find the body of Kanyimo’s wife lying on the bed while the other child’s body was on floor in a pool of blood.
The second child’s body was lying in the middle of the road covered in a blanket.
Kanyimo was at the scene still brandishing the blood-stained axe while shouting some imcomprehensible statements at the top of his voice .
When the police later arrived at the scene, they were assisted by residents to apprehend him as he was still violent.
Midlands provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko said he was still to get the details of the murder incident from police details who attended the scene.