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Road block cops kill passenger while chasing kombi

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  • Just by the Shamva Tollgate, the accused fired two shots at the commuter omnibus and hit Jeremiah Chidzukwa and Linda Zimbiti but the driver kept on speeding towards Murewa.

By Mutsa Makuvaza

TWO police constables manning a roadblock along the Harare –Nyamapanda road near Shamva Tollgate have been arrested and are facing murder charges after they opened fire at a commuter omnibus loaded with passengers, leaving one passenger dead while critically injuring the other.

CID officers at Juru Growth Point are investigating the murder and attempted murder cases which took place on Wednesday this week.

The deceased has been identified as Linda Zimbiti (37) of Muchagoneyi Village in Chief Mangwende area, Murehwa district, while 21-year-old Jeremiah Chidzukwa ID 47-210330A-24 of Kadenge Village, Chief Mangwende area, is critically injured and admitted at a Harare hospital.

Two Harare cops have since been arrested and are facing murder and attempted murder as defined in Section 47 of the Criminal Law (CODIFICATION AND REFORM) ACT CHAPTER 9; 23.

Zimbabwe Voice has learnt that the accused are one Constable Paradza T. of ZRP Support Unit, TQ Troop in Harare and his accomplice, Constable Kondo H of ZRP Highlands in Harare.

The police docket which the Zimbabwe Voice has seen states that on the 23rd day of September 2020 and at around 1000 hours, Jeremiah Chidzukwa and Linda Zimbiti of Murewa were shot on their shoulder blade and abdomen respectively along Harare –Nyamapanda road near Shamva Tollgate whilst in a commuter omnibus.

The two were among the passengers aboard a Toyota Hiace, silver grey in colour registration numbers not known and allegedly being driven by one Nyasha. The omnibus had loaded passengers at Cross Musami and was headed for Harare.

After the Shamva turn off tollgate, the driver turned left at Chishawasha Turnoff avoiding the Highlands Security road block commonly known as Pamabhiza. He encountered a boom gate which was manned by security guards in Gletwin.

The driver was denied entrance by the security guards and a misunderstanding arose leading to the driver damaging the boom gate and eventually passed through.

The commuter omnibus was later intercepted by a Toyota Prado registration numbers not known which was being driven by an unknown male adult and was in the company of the two armed police officers who were picked at the roadblock.

The driver realised that there was police in the car and he made a U-turn and sped towards Murewa with the Toyota Prado in pursuit.

Just by the Shamva Tollgate, the accused fired two shots at the commuter omnibus and hit Jeremiah Chidzukwa and Linda Zimbiti but the driver kept on speeding towards Murewa.

At Juru Growth Point, he took Dzvete road and after about 7 kilometres along the dust road, he dumped all the passengers by the road side and fled.

Two female passengers of Chitsaga Village, Chief Mangwende, Murewa who were in the company of Jeremiah Chidzukwa sought assistance from a passing motorist and were given lift to Juru Police Station together with Chidzukwa who was still bleeding from the gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, Linda Zimbiti and all the other passengers were left behind.

Juru CID attended the crime scene and took the victims to Musami Hospital. At tha time, Jeremiah Chidzukwa was in a stable condition whilst Linda Zimbiti was in a critical condition as she could hardly talk.

Upon arrival at Musami Hospital, Linda Zimbiti was pronounced dead and Jeremiah Chidzukwa was transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital.

A docket of murder and attempted murder were recorded and referred to ZRP Highlands for further investigations. – Zimbabwe Voice

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