Zim: Opposition MDC official charged with murdering cop

2017-07-12 09:15
File: AFP

File: AFP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - Police in Zimbabwe have arrested a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) official and charged him with murdering a policeman during skirmishes that erupted in Harare between street vendors and police late last month, his lawyer said.

MDC youth chairperson for Harare's Mbare district Barnabas Mwanaka, was arrested on Saturday. He denies the murder charge.

"It [the arrest] is definitely politically-motivated," lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara told News24.

Not near crime scene

He said his client was attending the funeral of a friend's grandmother at the time of the alleged murder.

"My client has advised me that he was nowhere near the scene of the crime," said Bhatasara. He said a traffic policeman had arrested his client on Saturday because he was a familiar face within the opposition.

"This officer recognised him, he grabbed him by the collar and said 'I want to teach an MDC person a lesson'," said the lawyer.

He said he would apply for bail for his client at the Harare High Court on Tuesday.

When news of Mwanaka's arrest for murder emerged on Monday, it was the first time the public was informed that a policeman had been killed during the clashes between vendors and police on June 29.

The dead policeman has been identified as Talkmore Phiri, a member of the police anti-riot squad.

The violence was triggered after police tried to evict street vendors plying their trade outside the government’s deeds office.

Dead on arrival

A state prosecutor told the Harare Magistrates’ Court on Monday that Mwanaka was amongst a mob of "rogue vendors" from outside the MDC's central Harare headquarters that attacked a police vehicle, reports the state-controlled Herald.

Phiri and a colleague are said to have fallen out of the vehicle.

"The court further heard that Mwanaka and his alleged accomplices ran towards the two officers and caught up with Phiri, before attacking him," the paper said. The officer died on arrival at hospital.

The MDC has denied claims its youths attacked police.

Read more on:    mdc  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
 

6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.