TRIAL OF THE CENTURY: WE PIECE TOGETHER HOW AND WHY VICTOR GAMEDZE WAS KILLED (PART I of III)

In the early evening of the 14th of January 2018 businessman and Mbabane Swallows boss Victor Gamedze was shot dead shortly after buying water at the Galp Filling Station in Zulwini.

 News of his death reverberated the entire country minutes after the trigger was pulled. By the time Gamedze was pronounced dead at the Medisun Clinic, where he was rushed to shortly after he was shot, the entire spectacle had already dominated every social media trend and was a subject of discussion at every household, tavern, church, club and just about everywhere.

Even before the police could name their suspects it was almost universally agreed that Gamedze was not short of enemies who had motive, but perhaps no opportunity or a questionable one, for wanting him dead.

After all, Gamedze had enemies everywhere. This could be owed in part to the perceived brash manner in which he dealt with his foes and those he crossed paths with and in some instances those who were just jealous or envious of his success.

Slain businessman Victor Gamedze

Politically, he had upset a number of people in the way he had outfoxed many into the inner ambit of the royal court. Being within earshot of the King and having the country┬┤s ruler on speed dial came with a lot of financial, political and strategic power that Gamedze exploited to its full potential.

He also had a bitter fallout with a number of business people, especially after outmuscling a lot of interested players, leading to him opening up Swazi Mobile and having a license to trade in the mobile telephone industry space.

In the 'underworld', he had people who despised him too, at least if the utterances of eventually convicted Sipho Shongwe, as captured by Judge Maseko in his judgement, are anything to go by.

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