Zimbabwe Republic Police Officers reportedly shot and killed one Marxwell Matembudze at his home in Zaka as he was resisting arrest, Tell Zim reports.
Matembudze who is a village head in Ward 23 in Zaka was suspected to be part of the syndicate that robbed 2 businessmen Chivi South Zanu PF parliamentary candidate Munyaradzi Zizhou and Arnold Ncube on 11 February and got away with $20 000 and cell phones.
The incident was confirmed by Masvingo Provincial Police Spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa who told the publication that:
One suspect was shot and died after he tried to attack the police who had gone to arrest him. A number of electrical gadgets including cell phones, laptops and television sets were recovered at his home
Narrating the robbery that led ZRP officers to Matembudze’s door, ZRP sources said:
On February 11, at 05:00hrs in the morning, police manning a roadblock at 167 km peg along Masvingo-Beitbridge Road stopped a truck for regular search.
The driver of the truck disembarked from the truck for the police to search but four unidentified males jumped out and ran away. The police gave chase and one of them dropped a satchel which was then picked up by the police.
On searching the bag, the police found a lockdown travel exemption letter which bore the deceased’s name among other documents that indicated he was part of a mining syndicate.
On February 13 the police established that Matembudze was from Zaka and investigations led them to his home around 21:00 hrs.
They knocked and identified themselves, then the deceased’s aunt identified as Chiedza Matembudze came out and talked to the police during which Matembudze is said to have came out and charged towards the police. They fired some warning shots but he continued and this prompted the police to shoot him.
He was taken to Msiso Mission Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The publication said people from his village are unfortunately celebrating his death as he was said to have been a very tough leader who was feared by his subjects for various reasons.
Source: Tell Zimbabwe