A Marondera man, Solomon Nyaruwa, who was shot by the police died in a police cell where he had been left by the police without any medical attention. His family was barred by the police from holding a funeral for him.
Nyaruwa, a 37-year-old informal trader, was shot after he was caught up in a group of protestors on his way to collect a debt in the town. He was shot and police took him to Marondera police cells where they detained him in a cell unattended. Later the police station was stormed by protestors and the police fled, leaving the detained. Nyaruwa’s body was found there.
Said his brother:
Solomon was found dead in the cells some four hours later after he had been shot and was later taken to Marondera hospital mortuary.
According to those who saw him in his last hours, his death was very painful as no one could assist him.
However, when we gathered to mourn him at his home in Yellow City, armed police and army officers came and told us not hold his funeral wake.
We have since approached lawyers from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZHLR) on how best we can deal with Solomon’s death and they are assisting us