Cops in shebeen brawl


A Bulawayo policeman is battling for his life after he was struck with a brick by a workmate following an argument at a shebeen in Makokoba high-density suburb last week.

The policeman was yesterday reported to be in a coma at a city hospital.

His alleged assailant, another policeman, Jerry Mwembe (31) of Pumula North who is based at the Zimbabwe Republic Police Stops Camp, was not formally charged with attempted murder when he briefly appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa.

He was on Monday remanded out of custody on $60 bail to September 23.

Prosecutor Malvern Nzombe told the court that Mwembe and the complainant, Artwell Mawerewere, his workmate stationed at ZRP Ross Camp, were at a shebeen at Vulindlela Flats in Makokoba.

The two were engaged in an argument over an undisclosed issue. The court heard that the misunderstanding degenerated into a scuffle. The pair was restrained by other patrons at the shebeen and Mawerewere left the place in the company of a witness, Bernard Bunene.

However, Mwembe who was allegedly still angry, armed himself with a brick and followed them.
He allegedly hit Mawerewere once in the head and he collapsed and fell unconscious.

An ambulance was called to the scene and took him to Mpilo Central Hospital for treatment where he is still admitted in a serious condition. A police report was made, leading to Mwembe’s arrest.