GWERU:Business came to a standstill at Midlands Hotel in Gweru as the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) cordoned off the premises following the discovery of a semi-decomposed body of an unidentified man in a disused car in the parking lot.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police have since arrested four men who are being charged with murder.
The four suspects, Knosi Ncube aged 26, Terrence Sibanda aged 18, Washington Ngwenya aged 18 and James Matola aged 21, were arrested following a tip-off by a member of the public.
“Investigations have since linked the body to an assault case of a then unknown man reported at Gweru central by an informant, Samuel Jackson Jacha aged 29 of Mambo in Gweru. He reported on Friday that he had just witnessed four men assaulting another man who had just come out of Pandas Bar, 3rd street Gweru central business district using a rubber sjambok, empty beer bottles and okapi knife.
“The victim had then escaped to an unknown destination but with serious injuries. Injuries reported to have been inflicted on the assault victim on Friday night are tallying with those on the body,” said Midlands Police spokesperson Inspector Emanuel Mahoko.
Midlands’ hotel proprietor Councillor Hamutendi Kombayi who said it came as a surprise to him, blamed his security and management for laxity.
“It also came as a surprise to me. We are going to look into the matter. It’s a matter of security guards on how they let the person sneak in.
“These are challenges against my management, and there are things which happened without our consent,” said Kombayi.
The Midlands Hotel has however been in the press for the wrong reasons following a fall of standards with some known ladies of the night camping at the facility with the car park also allegedly being labelled a
hideout for drug takers.