Probe into attack on villagers


The Civil Protection Unit (CPU) has initiated an investigation into the alleged police brutality against villagers at the growth point on Boxing Day.

This follows concerns that the attacks could trigger civil unrest in the politically-volatile district.

Several villagers were reportedly injured when a group of policemen pounced on them following a beerhall brawl involving a police officer.

It is alleged violence broke out after an unidentified policeman drank beer belonging to a reveller and turned violent after he was confronted by other imbibers.

The argument allegedly degenerated into a fistfight.

The policeman later allegedly teamed up with his workmates and randomly beat up revellers and villagers around the business centre
CPU district chairman Moses Mbewe, who is also the district administrator for Nkayi, confirmed there were skirmishes at the growth point on December 26.

“I confirm there was such an incident here and I am still trying to collect enough information in connection with the incident,” Mbewe said.

“What I want is full information so that I can be able to write a comprehensive report on the issue.”

A CPU committee member and Nkayi Rural District Council chairman, Kufakwezwe Ncube, also confirmed the investigations.

Eight people were injured during the skirmishes.
The victims were taken to Nkayi District Hospital where the medical reports were compiled.

Matabeleland North police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Siphiwe Makonese on Wednesday confirmed she got a report about the incident.

She said she could not comment on the matter because she was yet to get full details.