The Zimbabwe Republic Police is hunting for a kombi (commuter omnibus) driver, Morris Mukwendi (27) who ran over a police officer at a roadblock.
The traffic officer Assistant Inspector Dumisani Pondo who was knocked down while manning a roadblock along the City-Amaveni Road is reportedly battling for life at Gweru Provincial Hospital.
Police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi reports that the kombi driver was driving an unregistered vehicle. Nyathi said:
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_The police are appealing for information which may lead to the location and arrest of a suspect, Morris Mukwendi of Kwekwe for attempted murder. The suspect ran over a member of the ZRP at the 2,5km peg along Amaveni Road near Gokwe turn-off on 30 April 2021 at around 1130am. The member is currently battling for life at Gweru Provincial Hospital._
Nyathi also said Asst Insp Pondo sustained injuries to the backbone and a deep cut on the head.
It is reported that last Friday at around 1130 hours, Pondo was manning a roadblock at the Gokwe turn-off along Amaveni Road in the company of three other police officers when Mukwendi approached driving a white Nissan Caravan.
The police stopped him, instructed him to produce his driver’s license and vehicle registration which he failed to do.
Pondo then ordered his arrest Mukwendi but Mukwendi sped off in Pondo’s direction and the police officer jumped and clung onto the bumper of the speeding kombi.
Mukwendi drove at a high speed towards the city centre before turning left while Asst Insp Pondo was still hanging precariously onto the bumper.
Upon reaching Jacaranda Road, the kombi driver applied emergency brakes and the police officer fell onto the tar mark.
Mukwendi allegedly ran over the police officer and injured him in the process.
The kombi driver then jumped off the vehicle and escaped leaving the seriously injured police officer on the ground.
The cop was rushed to Kwekwe General Hospital where he was then transferred to Gweru Provincial Hospital where he was said to be battling for life