Police, Chiredzi Villagers Christmas Day Clashes Leave One Dead
Reports indicate that a man from Chibwedziwa area in Chiredzi was shot and killed by police officers on Christmas Day after clashes between the police and villagers, which have become the norm. It is said that there is bad blood between the police and the villagers since the 2010 alleged killing of a villager by the police’s support unit.
A NewZimbabwe report claims that the Christmas Day clashes were revealed through a leaked memo from the police Officer Commanding Chiredzi District which was addressed to the Officer Commanding Masvingo Province.
The leaked memo reads in part as follows,
The (police) details arrested the accused person for assault, the crowd which was at the shopping centre mobilised each other violently demanding the release of the arrested accused person chanting songs and throwing stones.
The police fired warning shots to scare the mob but the mob continued violently demanding the release of the accused person.
The police ran away to their base and the crowd then followed to the base and informing the police that Tapiwa Gocheke had been shot and was injured on the thighs during the violence.
Investigations are underway. Chikombedzi RRB number 3300991 refers… Warning shots fired by the police were necessary since the crowd was very violent against the police. Stones were thrown to police which resulted in injuring two.
There is tension between the police and the Chibwedziwa community.