Detectives Beat Suspects To Death, Shoot Bodies To Cover Up

9 Bulawayo police detectives allegedly beat two suspected armed robbers to death and shot the bodies in a bid to claim they killed the suspects when they tried to flee from custody.

The detectives, among them senior officers, allegedly committed the offence in 2009. Philip Tada, Daniel Nimrod Kwaramba, George Zuze, Onias Mbano, Peter Muchada, Mgcini Sibanda, Mailos Mairos Ncube, President Masukume and Albert Zhou who were all attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Bulawayo, allegedly tortured Andrew Jabulani Quinton Sibanda and Temai Bvumbunu in March 2009 while they were in police custody.

The nine were supposed to appear before Bulawayo High Court following their indictment on two counts of murder and obstruction of justice. Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese removed the matter from the roll after the State, which was represented by Mrs Sifiso Sibanda, indicated that it was not yet ready to proceed. Sibanda said the State has roped in one of the accused persons, Mgcini Sibandai as its witness.  Eight witnesses, among them relatives and residents who heard gunshots during the time are expected to give evidence during trial.

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Martin Makonese is a Zimbabwean lawyer and a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe. He was appointed by President Robert Mugabe in 2011. Read More About Martin Makonese

Mgcini Sibanda is a Zimbabwean footballer who was born on 10-Mar-95. He is a former player for Highlanders Football Club as a striker. Read More About Mgcini Sibanda

Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city. Its location was selected by the last Matebele king, King Lobengula. Bulawayo used to be one of the country's most attractive cities and a major transport hub for Southern Africa until Zimbabwe entered a period of economic depression in... Read More About Bulawayo

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