Kombi Driver Narrates What Happened When “Police Officers” Assaulted Conductor To Death
The driver of the commuter omnibus whose conductor was assaulted to death by alleged four police officers has spoken on the events that took place on that day.
The conductor had allegedly refused to pay them a bribe for carrying passengers in a kombi not registered under the Zupco franchise, resulting in a scuffle.
Luke Zuze was assaulted on September 14 in Whitehouse, Harare around 5:30PM and he died three days later.
His body is still at Parirenyatwa Hospital mortuary as the family awaits the burial order.
The kombi driver, George Pirwa, yesterday spoke on what happened.
He said they were coming from Mbare and when they were near Whitehouse, they pulled off the road to drop off some passengers and two of the police officers confronted them saying they had been arrested.
One of the police officers jumped inside the vehicle while the other one remained standing outside. Zuze walked towards the door on the driver’s side since he was outside the vehicle and took the car keys and then ran towards the shops at Whitehouse.
Pirwa said the police officer standing outside the vehicle gave chase and caught Zuze about 70 metres away from the kombi.
“I remained in the vehicle with the other police officer and a few minutes later he received a phone call from his colleague who informed him that he had managed to arrest the conductor. The police officer then ordered me to disembark from the vehicle so that we go to the scene where Zuze had been arrested.
After arriving at the scene, I discovered that Zuze had been handcuffed and was lying facing downwards and writhing in pain.
The police officer that had arrested him was assaulting him also before his colleague joined in the assault. Zuze later shouted that he had broken his left leg.
A few minutes later, an unregistered white Toyota Mark 11, that the police officers were using arrived at the scene carrying two other police officers, one in plain clothes, and one in uniform.
They then ordered Pirwa to get inside the vehicle before bundling Zuze inside the vehicle and they drove along High Glen Road before stopping the car just after the roundabout near High Glen Shopping Centre.
The alleged cops then drove to Sally Mugabe Hospital where one of the officers made arrangements to ensure that Zuze was admitted.
Pirwa remained with Zuze at the hospital and the following morning he went to a police base in Whitehouse to make a report.
Meanwhile, the deceased’s family is now waiting for burial order. Zuze is survived by his wife and two children, The Herald reports.
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