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John Madondo Headlands Businessman Involved in Attempted Murder for Rituals Case

Headlands Businessman Implicated in Attempted Murder for Rituals Case

In a shocking revelation, a well-known businessman from Headlands, John Madondo, who runs shops in the Eagle Nest area, has been linked to an attempted murder allegedly orchestrated for ritualistic purposes.

The incident unfolded during the trial of Tatenda Mudziwedare (20), a resident of Village 5B, Sherenje, who confessed to attempting to murder a seven-year-old Grade One student on Madondo’s alleged instructions.

John Madondo, reportedly residing in South Africa, was purportedly communicating with Mudziwedare via phone, issuing directives.

Appearing before Rusape regional magistrate Mr. Francis Mapfumo without legal representation, Mudziwedare pleaded guilty to contravening Section 187 read with Section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, which criminalizes attempted murder.

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The charge sheet details the accusation: “Tatenda Mudziwedare is charged with the crime of attempted murder as defined in Section 187, as read with Section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9.23.

On February 28, 2024, at Sherenje Business Centre, Headlands, he (Tatenda Mudziwedare) attempted to cause the death of Alvin Kambadza by squeezing his neck with both hands after being instructed by businessman John Madondo to bring a human head for rituals.”

Mr. Mapfumo convicted Mudziwedare of the offense and was slated to pronounce the sentence on Thursday.

According to the prosecution led by Mr. Tawanda Munjanja, Mudziwedare attempted to strangle the young boy but abandoned the act upon noticing nearby villagers.

“The complainant is a Grade One learner. On February 28, 2024, around 7 am, Mudziwedare was at Sherenje Business Centre when he saw the complainant and other learners heading to Sherenje Primary School. Mudziwedare chased and grabbed the complainant, squeezing his neck with both hands. He released the boy upon spotting local villagers nearby.

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