Gift Gorongonya, a detective constable from Gweru who was arrested on Sunday for allegedly shooting a soldier Corporal Zico Shumba, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Gweru Magistrate Mildred Matuvi facing an attempted murder charge. He was remanded out of custody to February 26 on $50 bail.
Through his lawyer, Arshiel Mugiya of Mugiya and Macharaga Law Chambers, Gorongonya said he shot Shumba while in the line of duty after he had tried to obstruct him from arresting a suspect. The court heard that on Saturday at around 5 PM, Gorongonya who was in the company of his colleague Constable Chrispen Musiiwa, was assaulting a suspect along the Harare road when a Zimbabwe National Army bus stopped. Shumba together with other soldiers disembarked and allegedly tried to stop Gorongonya from attacking the suspect.
Shumba allegedly disarmed Musiiwa who was armed with a pistol and removed the magazine. The court heard Gorongonya then drew a pistol and fired some shots before hitting Shumba on the leg before fleeing to Gweru Central Police Station. Corporal Shumba was rushed to Gweru Provincial Hospital (GPH) where he is receiving treatment.
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