Rogue cop appears in court for burning Chihuri’s house, shooting at colleagues

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A rogue policeman accused of shooting at colleagues and burning Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri’s house appeared at Rotten Row Magistrates court.

Hardlife Maukazuva who is attached to Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)’s Support Unit is facing 3 counts of theft, attempted murder and malicious damage of property. He was remanded in custody to 21 December.

The Herald reports that Maukazuva started shooting at an officer after his bid to loot property from Chihuri’s premises was foiled. Police sources told the publication that Chihuri’s gardener saw Maukazuva stealing household property and alerted an officer who had come to the house for a routine inspection at around 9.45am. 

When he was confronted by the police officer who was on duty, Maukazuva became agitated and started firing shots at the officer with his FN rifle. The police officer took cover and called for backup from Police General Headquarters.

Maukazuva allegedly attempted to escape by using one of Chihuri’s vehicles but failed as the house had been surrounded. Sources said he set the house on fire damaging a significant section of the property’s roof.

He was then arrested after running out of ammunition. The Air Force of Zimbabwe Fire Brigade then put out the fire before ZRP’s forensic and ballistics team attended the scene to conduct an investigation.

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Augustine Chihuri is a retired Zimbabwe law enforcement officer and former Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General. He is a war veteran who received his military training at Mgagao in Tanzania as well as the longest-serving police chief in Zimbabwe since Independence. On 13 November 2017... Read More About Augustine Chihuri

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is the country's law enforcing and maintaining organ. It was established in 1980 evolving from the Rhodesian Police and incorporated members from both the Rhodesian and the nationalist forces. It operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Read More About Zimbabwe Republic Police

The Air Force of Zimbabwe is the aviation wing of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. Its current commander is Air Marshal Elson Moyo who took over from Retired Air Chief Marshall Perrance Shiri who was appointed Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement by President Emmerson... Read More About Air Force of Zimbabwe

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