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murder case in Shamva vs. policeman murder case in Glen View: Judiciary
April 13, 2012
Six police officers
who recently butchered a Shamva mine worker, Luxmore Chivambo fatally
injuring 11 others have been granted $50.00 bail. Motion Jakopo
(41), Simon Mafunda (32), Michael Makwalo (30), Lee Makope (23),
Benedict Tapfuma (22) and Blessing Saidi (26) led by one inspector
Aspias Shumba (48), the member in-charge at Shamva Police Station
descended upon Ashley Mine Compound and rounded up residents in
the wee hours of the night ruthlessly kicking and punching the residents
at the same time severely hitting them with baton sticks and clenched
fists all over their bodies. The six are facing murder charges.
Aspias Shumba commandeered his troops to revenge the alleged theft
of his wife Judith's pace which was believed to contain only
one $US1.00 note according to local press reports.
The Youth Forum is deeply unsettled by this development of granting
a paltry US$50 bail to the Shamva policemen who grisly murdered
a Shamva man and bread winner in cold blood on 17 March 2012. This
bail amount trivialises the murder charges the policemen are facing
and reduces public confidence in court processes especially those
involving state security agents. This development is in sharp contrast
with the case of 29
Glen View residents accused of murdering Inspector Petros Mutedza
following a scuffle at Munyarari Beerhall in Glen View who have
been battling for bail since May 2011. The 29 residents including
the President of the MDC Youth Assembly Mr Solomon Madzore who have
been behind bars since their arrest back then. The 29 residents
are all said to be MDC supporters.
On 31st May, 2011, two days after the incident, Police Commissioner-General
Chihuri reacted to Inspector Mutedza's death in a speech read
on his behalf at Inspector Mutedza's funeral: "The Zimbabwe
Republic Police shall not, and I repeat, shall not sit on its laurels
while innocent citizens of this country, let alone police officers,
are being decimated by uncouth opposition political elements in
a naïve and imbecilic attempt to make our country ungovernable.
Those who wish to live by the sword must be prepared to die by the
On March 29, 2012, The Herald reports the commissioner Chihuri had
this to say at a pass out parade at Morris Depot in Harare following
the murder of Luxmore Chivambo; "This incident was uncalled
for and discipline was set aside and hooliganism prevailed. Such
acts should not be repeated and on behalf of the organisation I
would like to console the Chivambo family on the loss of Luxmore.
Let us allow the law to take its course," he said.
What shocks even street vegetable vendors throughout Zimbabwe is
the fact that the same courts managed to grant bail to the 6 policemen
25 days after their crime while the 29 who went in last year are
still languishing behind bars although their charges are similar.
This clearly shows that the judiciary system in Zimbabwe is heavily
compromised and plays to the whims and caprices of ZANU-PF.
The glaring case of the insincerity of our judicial system is worrying
and clearly shows the need for our judiciary to be rid of political
interference. It is of concern as to whether such an apparently
partisan justice delivery system can sustain a free and fair election,
given the obvious role of the police and judiciary in electoral
processes. The Youth Forum is further concerned as to whether these
same courts, which are yet to finalize electoral fraud cases brought
before them, some dating back as far as 2002, can be able to guarantee
a fair contribution to the attainment of a free and fair election.
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