MSU students kidnapped, 1 dead

Two female Midlands State University students were on Friday kidnapped by unknown persons in an incident that resulted in the death of one of them.

The deceased, Roseline Zvirikuzhe (19) of Senga, died upon admission at Gweru General Hospital the same day after having jumped from the speeding vehicle of the kidnappers. Her colleague, Brenda Nyakamha of Old Highfields in Harare, escaped unhurt.

Police said the two were picked by the assailants who were driving a white pick-up truck with a canopy at Cathedral Hall in the city centre while they were seeking transport to reach Daylesford surbub along the Shurugwi-Gweru highway.

When they reached their destination, they indicated that they wanted to disembark but the kidnappers sped on.

“It is then that the vehicle slowed down a bit and the deceased’s friend, Brenda, jumped off. Brenda did not sustain any injuries but the driver did not stop. Roseline was rushed to Gweru Provincial Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival,” said police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko.

It is the second time that the varsity has lost students in sad circumstances on the Gweru Shurugwi road. Previously, two students died in a horrific car crash while travelling on same highway.

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