Police Officer Accused Of Burning Chihuri’s House Remanded In Custody

Hardlife Maukazuva (27), who is accused of burning former Zimbabwe Republic Police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri’s house before exchanging fire with soldiers was on Thursday remanded in custody to January 16.

He made his first appearance at the Harare Magistrates’ Court in December, facing charges of unlawful entry into Chihuri’s property in aggravating circumstances, malicious damage to property and attempted murder. The State alleges that on December 6, 2017 Maukazuva assumed his shift from one constable Mabaso and Gwatiringa who had just finished their night duties and was given an AK rifle with a magazine of 30 rounds, among other things.

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The State alleges that he went on to force open a closed window to gain entry into Chihuri’s house and stole goods were worth $2 000. Maukazuva escaped through the window and was spotted by Chihuri’s gardener, Robson Mubaiwa, after he had hidden his loot in the yard. Mubaiwa tried to raise alarm and appeal for help from neighbours, without success. When other officers who guard Chihuri’s residence tried to disarm and arrest Maukazuva he is said to have become violent, striking constable Kudakwashe Jekemu on the back using his service AK rifle.

More: Daily News

Augustine ChihuriZimbabwe Republic Police

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 and Cultural Heritage. Read More About Zimbabwe Republic Police

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