Zimbabwe

Zim man tries to strangle wife over mozzie net

2015-04-03 15:34

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Bulawayo - A man tried to strangle his wife in southern Zimbabwe for not putting a mosquito net down over their bed, the official Chronicle reported on Friday.

The wife, Thembani Tshuma, survived the attack but was seriously injured, the paper says.

Her husband Mandla Nkomo, 26, also attacked her with a sjambok when she told him their net had big holes in it.

He appeared in court in the second city of Bulawayo on Thursday, according to the Chronicle.

"On Monday, Nkomo went home around 23:00 and when he found out that his wife had not spread the mosquito net over the bed he became angry," prosecutor Mufaro Mageza told the court.

Many Zimbabweans rely on nets, often distributed by the authorities, to avoid malaria. Although prophylactic drugs are available for sale in pharmacies, they are expensive. Cases of malaria usually spike here in April and May at the end of the rainy season.

Malaria is reported to have killed at least 515 people in Zimbabwe last year, with more than 420 000 cases recorded.

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