By Chenesai Matsikidze
Villagers of Matambo area in ward 12 in Zhombe were left awestruck when an 11-year-old girl died after she was fatally assaulted by her father using a whip.
The 36-year-old father Alec Nketa beat his daughter on Monday night and the girl died the following morning after denying her medical treatment when she complained of severe headache.
The girl who was badly beaten in the presence of her stepmother sustained head and neck injuries.
Councillor Luckson Mlilo told this publication that Nketa accused his daughter of performing dismally at school as basis for the assault using a sjambok that is meant for his cattle and donkeys.
“Nketa killed her 11-year-old daughter after he gruesomely beat her with a sjambok and she succumbed to swollen head and neck that contributed to her death amid allegations that she was performing poorly at school.
“The deceased’s biological mother and her father divorced last year immediately after allegations of sexual abuse were leveled against the dad by the juvenille, charges were later dropped at the instigation of the now estranged mother,” Cllr Mlilo.
Auxillia Nketa, an aunt to the deceased, also disclosed that since allegations of the sexual abuse were brought up against the dad, the girl had to endured continued harassment as her biological mother was divorced meaning she had no parental protection and that she was performing dismally at school was a lie.
“The father would threaten with an axe anyone who tried to intervene. It was unfortunate that the girl died before l had helped out. I tried to take the child and stay with her at my home but her father denied,” she said.
A report was made to the police and police district spokesperson, Michael Ncube confirmed the matter and said investigations to arrest the accused, Aleck Nketa who is still at large are in progress as he is reported to have vacated his rural home on Tuesday to an unknown destination after Auxillia alerted the police.