The government is reported to have donated $200 and a coffin to the families of the people who died after being shot by the Zimbabwe Republic Police on Thursday night. According to Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga, the deceased were shot by police officers who were defending themselves after clashes between the police and commuters following a ban on commuter omnibuses from entering the central business district.
The three who died are newspaper sales agent Nhamo Zephenia, Anatoria Kaseke a vendor and another unnamed person. Although Matanga did not mention what was going to happen to the police officers responsible for the shooting, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum has called for the arrest and prosecution of law enforcement officers who were involved.
Zephania’s son Ronald told the Daily News,
The police assisted us with $200 and Doves provided a coffin and chairs.
At the moment we are hurting and I am not in a position to share much until we have sat down with the family and agreed on a way forward.
National Vendors Union Zimbabwe (Navuz) chairperson Sten Zvorwadza, who was present at the burial of Kaseke said:
The only way to bring closure to the highest level of addressing this open wound right now‚ is for the government not to make piecemeal donations but to fully compensate the families of those whose lives they cut short.
…At the time she was murdered, she was pregnant but the police never took care to save either the mother or the baby and this is why the family believes their family member was innocent and she was murdered.
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