A 21-year-old man from Bulawayo would probably have smeared his maternal grandfather with petrol and would have set him on fire after accusing him of having enchanted him.
Kudzai Munemo, a Bulawayo Polytechnic student from the Cowdray Park suburb, reportedly committed the gruesome crime on 7 September at 7:00 PM and the old man succumbed to severe burns last Wednesday while admitted to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).
Kudzai had an argument with his grandfather, identified only as Mr. Munemo, at the home of his grandparents in the suburb of Gwabalanda.
He accused Mr. Munemo of being a magician who supernaturally blocked his path to success in life.
During the heated argument Kudzai went out and came back armed with a bottle of petrol.
Sources near the incident said he had cast it on the old man who fled while the highly flammable liquid dripped from his clothes.
"Koedzai chased him with a box of matches, struck a match and threw it at his grandfather, which set him on fire," said one source. The source said that Kudzai fled while his grandfather, who had been engulfed by a huge ball of flames, was crying for help.
Bulawayo spokesman for police inspector Precious Simango confirmed the incident.
"We are dealing with a case in which a 21-year-old adult adult set up his grandfather after he got petrol from him, is in police custody and assists in investigations," she said.
"On 7 September 2018 at 6:45 PM, the informant, the complainant's daughter, was in the kitchen when she accused, the grandson of the complainant, heard a misunderstanding in the sitting room and accused the complainant of enchanting the family".
Mrs. Munemo, the mother of Kudzai, would have already found her son a bottle of two liters of petrol and threatens to burn his grandfather.
She tried to pull it away from him, but he poured it all over his grandfather. During the process, part of the gasoline flushed over her clothes, "Chief Insp Simango said.
Mrs Munemo ran out of the house, fearing that her son might ignite a fire, which would set them on fire because gasoline is highly flammable.
Mr Munemo ran away from the stage with the kitchen door and Kudzai reportedly followed him with the door of the sitting room.
He took out his grandfather and set him on fire with a match. Mrs. Munemo frightened away from the scene while she also had some gasoline on her clothes.
The old man, who was on fire, shouted with agony for help and a neighbor who was only identified as SaTanaka rushed to the scene and used sand to extinguish the flames.
Kudzai fled from the scene and was arrested by police officers at his home in the suburb of Cowdray Park.
Munemo's son hastened him to UBH where he died last Wednesday. Chief Insp Simango urged the public to abolish violence in resolving disputes. Kudzai is expected to appear in court. – state media