Zanu PF activists turn violent, beat up cops

THE 12 suspected Chitungwiza-based Zanu PF activists, who physically attacked members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, leaving one of them seriously injured, were granted $100 bail each when they appeared in court on Saturday, facing a public violence charge.

By Sofia Mapuranga

The ruling party activists led by Nicholas Mashayamombe had their case remanded to January 19.

As part of their bail conditions, the suspects were ordered to report three times a week at Makoni Police Station and not to interfere with State witnesses.

The court heard that the violence broke on January 7 this year, when Mashayamombe and his alleged accomplices identified as Gift Zuze, Gladys Zuze, Patrick Muponda, Joseph Chirenje, River Tauzeni, Gibson Chikotore, Taurai Makurumure, Chris Manyati, Average Makurumure, Panganai Chapeyama and Innocent Nhidza were attending a funeral of one of their party members, one Trymore Zuze in Unit D, Seke.

Zanu Pf youth hired by council authority to protect them seen inside council offices which was under attack from commuter operators in Chitungwiza yesterday Pic Shepherd Tozvireva3-001

Led by Mashayamombe, the activists carried out a funeral procession towards Unit D shopping centre while carrying a coffin containing Zuze’s body.

Police officers approached them and stopped the procession. This did not go down well with the Zanu PF activists who defied the order.

While acting in cahoots with the other activists, Mashayamombe assaulted Constable Dennis Chigogo, one Superitendent Nyararai and one Constable Boroma.

In the ensuing melee, the police officers arrested Muponda and two others.

The ruling party supporters then armed themselves with stones, wooden sticks, empty beer crates and various other missiles and attacked the police.

Boroma was struck on the forehead and sustained a deep cut and was taken to CITIMED Hospital where his condition was said to be still critical. The following day, police conducted raids at the suspects’ homes and arrested them.

3 Responses to Zanu PF activists turn violent, beat up cops

  1. kkkkkkk January 11, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    So protest is given to commuters and violence of the same protest is given to Zanu youth. Nt far from today, u were praisin the commuters for their act which u hoped would turn into civil strife n nw its absolute Zanu youth. Hey, do u know Zim is a society of educated people.

  2. maita January 11, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Assaulting a police officer $100 bail, carrying a placard with a Bible verse $500 bail.
    We have created monsters in our youths, now they are a law unto themselves.

  3. maita January 11, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Carrying a placard with a bible verse 500usd bail, beating up police officer one in critical condition 100 usd bail. We created monsters.

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