Parks official beats, detains innocent man

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A 33-YEAR-OLD Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) employee, Allen Nzara, yesterday appeared at the Mbare Magistrates’ Court charged with unlawfully detaining and beating up a man whom he suspected of poaching fish.

BY NQOBILE NKIWANE

Nzara was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Gladys Moyo, who remanded him to November 30 on $50 bail.

According to State papers, on September 30 this year, Nzara was driving near White House shopping centre along Bulawayo Road when he came across Tawanda Manyumwa.

He then demanded to search his car as he suspected Manyumwa was carrying fish in the car.

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Manyumwa is said to have refused to stop and proceeded on his journey and on realising that Manyumwa had refused to stop, Nzara together with his two workmates Dzingai Marechera and Michael Zhanero, followed Manyumwa’s car until they caught up with him at Rydale Ridge Park.

When Manyumwa disembarked from his car, the trio allegedly started beating him up after which they proceeded to handcuff him.

The State alleges the trio slapped Manyumwa and he fell down and they went on to kick him while he was lying on the ground.

After beating him, the State alleges, they then searched his vehicle, but found nothing.

However, despite that, the trio still proceeded to detain Manyumwa in their holding cells at Lake Chivero ZimParks Camp.

The State further alleged that Manyumwa’s detention was not recorded in the Zim Parks crime book, but the suspect was only released the following day. Farirai Chirambira appeared for the State.

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