A BEITBRIDGE man has appeared in court charged with murder after he allegedly choked his mother following a dispute over lobola.
Luckson Muleya, 36, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Beitbridge provincial magistrate, Gloria Takundwa, and was remanded in custody to July 26.
Prosecutor Memory Mandityira said on June 1 this year, Muleya, of Joko Village under Chief Sitauze, went to his mother’s houses and demanded that she gives him money to pay lobola for his wife.
An argument ensued and the two had an altercation which resulted in a fight.
The court heard that Muleya managed to overpower his mother, wrestled her to the floor of the hut and pinned down while muffling her cries for help. He then chocked her until she suffocated to death.
Mandityira said the pair had had a long-standing dispute over the payment of lobola with Muleya allegedly accusing his mother of illegally staying with his wife since he had not completed traditional marriage rites.
The court heard that his mother was opposed to Muleya paying lobola prompting the fight.