It is with a heavy heart that we address an incident of grave consequence that unfolded in our society on July 21, 2023. The event, a violent episode that culminated in the loss of a woman’s life, exposes the persistent issue of domestic violence in our community.

The woman, Similo Moyo, a 31-year-old resident of the Sasedza line, Tsholotsho, was assaulted to death by her husband, Ackim Sibanda, aged 32. The basis of this tragic attack, according to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), was Sibanda’s accusation that Moyo was having an affair with his nephew. The weapons of assault were chillingly mundane, a leather belt and an electric cable, highlighting the terrifying reality that everyday items can become lethal in the hands of an abuser.

The ZRP took to Twitter to announce Sibanda’s arrest, stating, “The ZRP confirms the arrest of Ackim Sibanda (32) in connection with a case of murder in which his wife, Similo Moyo (31), died after she was assaulted with a leather belt and an electric cable indiscriminately on 21/07/23 at a homestead in Sasedza line, Tsholotsho.”

This harrowing event throws a spotlight on the pervasive problem of domestic violence that continues to plague our society. The heinous nature of the act, carried out in their home, underlines the necessity for education, prevention efforts, and legal action against such acts. Similo Moyo’s tragic death calls for a renewed commitment to stand against domestic violence and re-emphasize the importance of treating each other with respect and dignity.

While we mourn the untimely loss of Similo Moyo, it is crucial to use this moment as a platform to raise awareness about domestic violence. We must encourage those who are victims to seek help and report such instances to authorities, fostering an environment where abusers like Ackim Sibanda are brought to justice swiftly.

Lastly, this story serves as a grim reminder that suspicion and accusations, if left unchecked, can escalate to catastrophic levels, leading to regrettable outcomes. It underscores the need for open communication, trust, and understanding in relationships to prevent such devastating incidents.

The death of Similo Moyo should not be in vain; instead, let it be a loud call to action for the eradication of domestic violence from our society.