Taxi driver accused of killing traffic cop

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An 18-year-old Dzivarasekwa man, Jeremiah Murengwa, has made an application for bail pending trial at the High Court after he was arrested on allegations of killing a traffic police officer early this year.

BY CHARLES LAITON

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Murengwa is alleged to have sped off from Fourth Street bus terminus to Chiremba Road while Constable Walton Chiyangwa was clinging to the bonnet of his Toyota Raum after efforts to stop and arrest him for loading passengers at undesignated point in town failed.

His application will be heard today.

According to State papers, Chiyangwa later fell onto the tarmac and sustained head injuries, bruises on both hands and a fractured right leg after Murengwa deliberately sideswiped a Nissan X-Trail travelling in the same direction with him along Chiremba Road.

Chiyangwa succumbed to the injuries on the same day at Parirenyatwa Hospital.

This happened on February 16 this year, but Murengwa was arrested on April 24.

The State alleges that on the day in question, Chiyangwa was deployed at the Fourth Street bus terminus in the company of Constable Stephen Ganyani to arrest pirate taxis.

At around 3pm, Chiyangwa, who was still on deployment, stopped Murengwa to arrest him for loading passengers at an undesignated point along Robert Mugabe Road.

Murengwa, who was in the company of his accomplices identified only as Dumba, Sabhuku and Zivanai, did not comply with Chiyangwa’s instructions, but instead sped off towards him as the officer was in front of the vehicle.

The State alleges Chiyangwa was knocked down and thrown onto the bonnet of the moving vehicle. Despite the incident, it is alleged Murengwa did not stop, but proceeded into Robert Mugabe Road due east, as Chiyangwa clung onto the bonnet of the vehicle.

On approaching the intersection of Robert Mugabe Road and Chiremba Road, the State alleges, Murengwa sideswiped a Nissan X-Trail and in the process Chiyangwa fell onto the tarmac and sustained injuries, leading to his death.

23 COMMENTS

  1. it all boils down to corruption coz hakuna kuda basa kwakadaro.how can one jump on the bonnet of a speeding vehicle.dicing w death for the sake of a few dollars wat a shame.belive me he wasnt takin this risk to serve the state bt to serve himself thru corruption.

    • You didn’t understand the story properly. The second from last paragraph says,

      “The State alleges Chiyangwa was knocked down and thrown onto the bonnet of the moving vehicle. Despite the incident, it is alleged Murengwa did not stop, but proceeded into Robert Mugabe Road due east, as Chiyangwa clung onto the bonnet of the vehicle”.

      Whether to serve the state or himself is not an issue, but drivers should comply with instructions by the police and resist corruption.

      I don’t think you are a law abiding citizen.

  2. This is clear madness.How can someone be so heartless killing someone who was doing his job. Zvino ngozi ne jeri hazvikusiye. Imagine his age. Uchaita the mama mujeri.

  3. this is unbelievable. this driver should be someone from another planet- for we don’t expect such behaviour in a good country like this

  4. RIP baba Bhule you are a hero. six months we stayed together in the barracks. I didn’t have a chance to meet you again because of deployment . I wish you we were chatting again making out of depot wishes in room 3 Stop Hostel( Hotera) second floor of the Rhori boys. I wish i was teaching you ChiTonga again on WhatsApp. This is the only way I can communicate your humility to Zimbabwe. Not a traffic cop but a dedicated “black boot ” gone so early, zvakandirwadza hama yangu, zorora murugare, Baba Vale can second me. We will always miss you, ulale muluumuno Wisi Bhule

  5. these blackboot guys have recked havoc in town they form teams dzekutora mari…… its true we all loosing to them they are not protecting us but harrasing us lets be proffesional chete kukara kunouraya

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