KWEKWE — Blessing Matanda (29), whose body had remained unburied for two months as his family members haggled with the police over the cause of his death in police cells at Munyati Police Post, has been buried.
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Matanda family lawyer Tawanda Zhuwarara, who confirmed his burial last week, said the family had carried out an independent post-mortem which showed that Matanda was murdered, contrary to police claims that he committed suicide in police custody.
“Preliminary results show that he did not shoot himself,” Zhuwarara said.
“If he did not do it (kill himself) then we have to establish who is behind it. But at the moment I don’t have the actual post mortem results because the report is still being compiled. Once we have it, we will approach the police and show them before going to the courts.” Matanda was allegedly found dead inside a police cell with a pistol lying by his side. Police investigations concluded he could have committed suicide.
But the deceased’s family disputed the police version and declined to bury his body demanding a thorough probe into the matter.
The deceased had been detained over allegations of breaking into a shop and stealing various goods.
Matanda’s brother Alex Tshuma told NewsDay that they now expected the police to act and start arresting those involved in the murder of his sibling.
“After the burial of Blessing and the independent postmortem, we are now calling on the police to arrest the police officer involved in the murder of our brother. It is clear as sunlight that he was killed. So we expect action,” he said.