Police have launched a manhunt for a man from Mafuta village, Mudzi, who killed his two-year-old son before attacking two police officers with an axe and stones who were investigating the murder incident.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said Steven Nyakarenda (37) on 2 September struck Constable Shiri on the head with a rock and Assistant Inspector Kugotsi with an axe on the head and shoulder before fleeing from the scene.
The duo was part of a team of police officers who had gone to Nyakarenda’s homestead to investigate the murder case. A statement issued by Asst Comm Nyathi this Wednesday says:
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The Zimbabwe Republic Police is concerned with the conduct of some criminals who are now resorting to attacking police officers while in the process of effecting arrests in the country.
In this regard, the Police will brook no nonsense in dealing with such criminals who attack police officers. The public is reminded that according to the country’s laws attacking police officers whilst there are performing constitutional responsibilities is punishable with imprisonment once one is taken to court.
The recent attack on two police officers by a murder suspect, Steven Nyakarenda (37) on 2 September 2021 in Mudzi will be fully investigated.
Police in Nyamapanda received information that the suspect had killed his two-year-old son at Mafuta Village, Mudzi.
A team of police officers reacted and went to Steven Nyakarenda’s homestead to investigate the matter. On arrival, the team informed the suspect of the allegations and told him to accompany them to Nyamapanda Police Station for further inquiries.
The suspect then went inside his hut and came back armed with an axe. He picked a stone and struck Constable Shiri on the head.
The suspect went on to strike Assistant Inspector Kugotsi with an axe on the head and shoulder before fleeing from the scene. He is currently on the run.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact any nearest Police Station or National Complaints Desk on (242) 70 36 31 or Police General Headquarters WhatsApp number 0712 800 107.