A son has been arrested for the brutal murder of his elderly parents in Mangwe last year. Police arrested Lisani Nleya (45) at a prophet’s house in Bulawayo after sneaking into the country from South Africa. He is said to have confessed to killing his parents during police interrogation.

Nicholas Kenny Nleya (83) and his wife, Margaret (76), were both retired teachers at nearby Catholic-run Empandeni Primary School.

Family spokesperson Mr Patrick Nyathi yesterday confirmed the arrest to the Chronicle. “Police phoned to inform us that Lisani Nleya was arrested in connection with the murder case of our relatives. As a family we want the law to take its course so that we know the whole truth. We were not told of the details about his arrest, we are waiting but we hope he will appear in court. For now, that is what I can say,” said Mr Nyathi.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the suspect who was based in South Africa sneaked into the country and was arrested after a tip-off.

“The suspect came from South Africa and following a tip-off that he was at a certain prophet’s house to collect his belongings, police pounced on him and arrested him. He confessed to having killed his parents,” he said.