A police officer was reportedly stoned to death yesterday by unknown assailants during skirmishes at Glen View 3 shopping centre in Harare.
No arrests have been made, but police said investigations were in progress.
Police spokesperson Andrew Phiri last night said the police officer (name withheld) was part of the police reaction group that had gone to stop a group of suspected MDC-T supporters from holding an unsanctioned meeting.
Phiri said: “The MDC-T had an illegal gathering in Glen View. They had approached us saying they wanted permission to hold a gathering. He (the policeman) was rushed to hospital and was pronounced dead upon arrival.”
Although, the police shifted blame to MDC-T youths who they claimed were having an illegal meeting in Glen View yesterday, both formations of the party last night distanced themselves from the alleged murder of the police detail saying they were not aware of any gathering by MDC-T members in Harare.
MDC-T Harare provincial chairman Paul Madzore professed ignorance of any party meeting.
National youth chairmanSolomon Madzore also said
there was no meeting he was aware of and was surprised police were receiving reports the officer was fatally stoned by MDC-T youths.
MDC-T youth spokesperson Clifford Hlyatwayo distanced his party youths from the disturbances arguing there was no meeting in Glen View.
“We value human life as a party and to say that there was a meeting in Glen View and our youths killed a policeman is wrong,” he said.
But, Phiri insisted the MDC-T held an unsanctioned meeting in Glen View and when the police reaction group arrived to stop the meeting, party supporters allegedly turned rowdy and stoned him. According to Phiri, the cop was pronounced dead on admission at Harare Hospital.