Nine police officers from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Bulawayo have been accused of fatally assaulting two suspects while interrogating them. The cops are alleged to have shot the dead bodies of Andrew Jabulani Quinton Sibanda and Temai Bvumbunu in March 2009 in the back to make it appear as if the suspects were shot while attempting to flee from police custody. Philip Tada, Daniel Nimrod Kwaramba, George Zuze, Onias Mbano, Peter Muchada, Mgcini Sibanda, Mailos Mairos Ncube, President Masukumbe and Albert Zhou are expected to appear before the High Court in Bulawayo.
According to the State Sibanda and Bvumbunu were interrogated and allegedly fatally assaulted by the officers using batons, sjambocks and open hands. In an effort to cover up the fatal assaults,
…They then loaded the bodies of the deceased persons under the cover of darkness into a motor vehicle and drove from the police station to a bushy area in Queens Park. They then offloaded the bodies and laid them on the ground facing downwards and shot them in the back, to look as if the deceased had tried to flee from the place of indications.
The true details emerged during an inquest held by the late magistrate John Masimba when one Detective Sergeant Nyapokoto revealed that the deceased had died while in police custody.
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