By Agencies & UK Correspondent
DUBLIN: Local police have launched a probe into claims an alleged Zimbabwean spree killer relocated to Ireland and claimed asylum.
Sources told local media that the investigation began earlier this week after reports in Zimbabwe said Peter Dube, who is the subject of an Interpol manhunt, fled to Dublin under a false name.
Reports claimed Dube, who faces murder charges after the fatal shooting of three people in Gweru just over two years ago, was staying at a facility in west Dublin.
But a source said: “We are happy he is not at the facility named in the media and we have found zero evidence that he is here at all. Inquiries are continuing, but at this stage there is nothing to suggest he is in Ireland.”
It’s understood Irish police are now using Interpol to ask for more details from Zimbabwe police.
A senior Zimbabwean cop told media outlets there last week that officers had established Dube (37) was in Ireland – and they had put out an Interpol Red Notice on him.
A source said: “The Interpol Red Notice does not confer any powers of arrest. All we can do if we find him here is notify authorities in Zimbabwe and then it will be up to them to ask Ireland to arrest him and send him back.”
Car dealer Dube allegedly shot his second wife Nyasha Nharingo and her suspected lover Shelton Chinhango in central Gweru in April 2021.
Nyasha’s friend Gamuchirai Mudungwe was also shot dead in the incident.
Dube reportedly skipped the country’s borders for South Africa.
According to recent media reports in Zimbabwe, Dube then changed his name to Xolile Mtsali and acquired a passport in eSwatini which he then used to relocate to Ireland where he claimed asylum.
He reportedly later assisted his first wife, Nomatter Chawana, and children to acquire new identities and also move to Ireland.
Chawana confirmed she is seeking asylum in Dublin but denied living together with Dube.
“Yes, I am in Ireland,” she said in an interview with the Sunday Mail.
“I did not travel with him (Dube). I came on my own with my children. I do not stay with him as I am trying to make a living here with my children.”