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Soldier Fatally Shoots Fleeing Civilian On Christmas Day

Soldier Fatally Shoots Fleeing Civilian On Christmas Day

Air Force Of Zimbabwe (AFZ) commanders at the Josiah Tungamirai (former Thornhill) Air Base in Gweru have reportedly refused to surrender to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), a soldier who allegedly shot and killed a civilian in Gweru in the wee hours on Christmas Day.

According to a police memo, the soldier, Staff Sergeant Evidence Makuyana, was on patrol when he fatally shot Ziyesa Tsvetera in the back while he was fleeing.

Makuyana was on patrol with a colleague when the duo spotted Tsvetera’s kombi which was parked along Gweru-Mvuma Road near the perimeter of the Air Base.

Makuyana and his colleague approached Tsvetera to question him about what he was doing.

On seeing the armed soldiers, Tsvetera reportedly panicked and started his car and drove off.

Makuyana fired three warning shots into the air, but when Tsvetera did not stop, he fired two shots at the vehicle.

The two soldiers then flagged a motorist who was driving past and the three followed Tsvetera. They caught up with the vehicle at Riverside Roundabout and managed to block him.

That was when the soldiers realised that Tsvetera had been shot in the back and was bleeding profusely.

The police memo read in part:

Background

Accused is a member of the Airforce of Zimbabwe Stationed at Josiah Tungamirai Airforce Base, Gweru and was on guard duties armed with a Service AK Rifle folding butt Serial Number ZA 37512 loaded with a magazine of 30 rounds.

Circumstances

On 25 December 2021 at around 0100 hours the accused in the company of his workmate Spencer Chihanga N.R [Redacted] aged 23, Rank: Private, Force number [Redacted] were doing perimeter checks. They spotted the now deceased who had parked his motor vehicle, a Toyota Hiace Omnibus registration number AFF 9797 silver in colour at Lingfield turn off along Gweru-Mvuma Road adjacent to the perimeter fence of Josiah Tungamirai Airbase.

The accused approached the vehicle intending to inquire as to who he was and his business at that site. Upon being approached the now deceased switched on the vehicle in an attempt to drive off.

At that moment accused fired three warning shots into the air ordering the now deceased to stop. The now-deceased ignored the orders and drove the vehicle onto the main road resulting in the accused firing two shots directed at the vehicle. The now-deceased did not stop and drove away from the scene towards Gweru C.B.D.

The accused and his colleague Spencer Chihanga sought the services of Stanley Muvhavhauri N.R [Redacted], a male aged 36 of [Redacted], Athlone, Gweru who was driving his Nissan Navara registration number AES 2019 towards Gweru to chase and block the deceased’s vehicle.

They caught up with the deceased at Riverside Roundabout, Gweru and managed to block him. They then realised that the now deceased had been shot at the back and was bleeding from the wound.

They then took now deceased to Gweru Provincial Hospital and later on made a report at Gweru Central Police Station.

Investigations Carried Out
• Scene was attended by both CID and DUB members.
• Three spent cartridges were picked from the scene.
• The firearm used was recovered with a Magazine of 25 rounds.
• Complainant was visited at Hospital and his condition is serious.
• It was noted that the complainant’s vehicle had two gunshot holes near the driver’s door.
• Next of kin Vimbai Mutero who is the complainant’s wife was advised.

New developments

• The accused made indications to police in the presence of his commanders who however have refused to release the accused to the police.
• The complainant (now deceased) succumbed to the gun-shot wounds while admitted at Gweru General Hospital.
• No further clues were found at the scenes during indications.

Outstanding

• To send the firearm and spent cartridges to Ballistics.
• To send the deceased to United Bulawayo Hospital for post mortem.
• To arrest the accused person and compile a court docket.

Matter is being investigated under ZRP Gweru Central CR 330/12/21 and CID Law and Order Gweru DR 01/01/22 refer.


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27 Comments

04 6 months ago

Hupenyu hwemunhu hunokosha aisafanira kuuraira munhu zvinhu zvisina basa zvakadero ko munopireiko ma grade 7 pfut honai manje zvavakuita


Kuku babe 6 months ago

Vanomama chete


nhamo mangai 6 months ago

Its a disgrace to the nation how some fataly shoot unarmed person. The proves that we cannot trust our security any more


Mutoriro 6 months ago

Musoja uyu wad drunk he could have recorded number ye combi kana kupfura mavhiri kana kusiyana nazbo nekuti his life or the state wadnot in danger.Sobalesson has to be learnt by others and comanders should be arrested for obstructing course of justice.


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Pfeee kuitasey 6 months ago

This is the level of lawlessness ED has allowed in this great country


Shadows 6 months ago

Akazviuraisa uyo. Akatizeiko kna asina mhosva. Musoja kupiwa pfuti aripaduty kti kna zvaipa anofanira kupfura. Akaita zvaifanira kuita.


Taku B 6 months ago

Getaway iwe ukuti kufa kwemunhu ndekwekutamba nako?aingofanira kupfuura matyres chete kwete kuuraya.hupenyu wemunhu ahusi wekutamba nawo.

adjudicator 6 months ago

Its unfair to defend a trained soldier who killed that guy.Now the guy is dead,who will defend him?who will tell his side of the story.These soldiers need to be plucked their wings.imagine if it was yo beloved shot that way.Human life is sacrosanct lets learn to to respect it.


. 6 months ago

Kungogona kumhanya 10 kilometers in 45 minutes watopinda basa, zvimwe zivai kwazvinotangira🙉


Tkt 6 months ago

The problem here is that Army has told itself that its untouchable like what our fellow coleague has said.

unoto ona kamba yose ichiuya kuzo rikita village yese simply bcoz imwe ny'any'a ye army yaka rohwa yahumana pavanhu + kuzvi tutumadza zvenhando.

why did he not shoot all wheels since ari sniper mota yogara pasi?

ndambo taura nezve DEFENCE COLLEGE panguva yema armed roberries guys WHAT IS THAT COLLEGE really doing when the level of criminality among the members is on the rise by the day?

ko ivo minister why cant she respond to these calls from the public kani?

all these arw happenning in broad day light just to frustrate the public, we all know someone is behind this!

OH GOD HELP,US OOOOO


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 6 months ago

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY SOLDIERS WANT TO SUPERIMPOSE THEMSELVES AS THE UNTOUCHABLES.

FROM AS FAR BACK AS 1980 IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR POLICE TO EFFECT AN ARREST OF A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ARMY UNLESS GIVEN GREEN LIGHT BY ARMY HEADQUARTERS.

WAY BACK THEN, POLICE STATIONS WOULD ASK FOR PERMISSION TO ARREST THAT ACCUSED, A MEMBER OF ZIMBABWE NATIONAL ARMY, FROM ARMY HEADQUARTERS THROUGH POLICE GENERAL HEADQUARTERS. THIS POSITION WAS NORMALISED FOR YEARS.

SOMETIMES IMMEDIATE COMMANDERS TRANSFERRED THE ACCUSED MEMBER TO SOME OTHER UNITS JUST TO FRUSTRATE INVESTIGATIONS. SOME TIME LATER ARMY HEADQUARTERS CHANGED AND GAVE GREEN LIGHT FOR ARMY DETAILS TO BE ARRESTED IF AND WHEN THEY COMMITTED CRIMES.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS CHAT, IT WOULD SEEM THAT THE PRACTICE OF FRUSTRATING POLICE INVESTIGATION IS BACK AGAIN.

ARMY AND POLICE ARE ONE AND THE SAME. THEY WORK FOR ONE AND THE ONLY ONE, PRESIDENT ED MNANGAGWA. THEY MUST TRUST ONE ANOTHER.

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Zimbo 6 months ago

Our army is getting out of hand. We need to respect the constitution. The glove came off when ED and cronies started disregarding the constitution whenever it suited their personal desires. Now members of the security forces are beginning to follow suit. It's not going to end well

Kakistocracy 🤣Muchakaka 6 months ago

In my view musoja was doing basa rake. Dai this guy asina kutiza or paakanzwa mawarning shots akamira.
Vanambavha MUCHAKAKA.
Pamwe pacho tisangopa munhu mhosva. Otherwise, those who want to do a proper job to protect will become powerless. Ko kana mumota imomo maiva nepfuti dzatikuti dzawandisa? Kana zvimwe zvinokudzwa or munhu akatapwa? Akazvibaisa uyu.
And good thing is the soldier actually pursued because he wanted to know why this guy fled. Saka he was doing his job. Also, he took him to hospital, reported the case to his bosses and superiors.
Ana mbavha vanotoda shoot to kill not to injure. Tough luck to the dude but curfew hours anoda kuteedzwa futi.


Kakistocracy 🤣Muchakaka 6 months ago

Aimirirei ipapo and fact yekuti paakaona masoja achiuya he fled, disobeying orders to stop even anzwa warning shots shows kuti aitoziva zvaaiita. Gunners aiva pabasa. And he followed through. Hupenyu hwakakosha, hongu comrade, saka huchengetedzei nekusawanikwa pamusangafaniri kuwanikwa and zivai nguva dzekuva pamunenge muri. This guy's car haina kuita breakdown and haana kupfuurwa akangomira.
I still insist Gunners havana kutadza unless something else happened chatisina kuudzwa.
Enda ka unotamba pastate house or any other gate remilitary or close to the perimeters of any army base maskati machena tione kuti zvinokuperera mushe here.Even marobbers ari kuurawa in action hupenyu hwavo hwakakosha. Even vese vari kumajere nemhosva dzekuponda hupenyu hwavo hwakakosha. Even suicide bombers have hupenyu hwakakosha like hwako nehwangu.

Taku B 6 months ago

Usadefender zvakapusa iwe getaway upenyu wemunhu wakakosha zvisingaite ukutoona kunge mafunnies nhai.

Nkust 6 months ago

Cms uneshuwa?


Nkust 6 months ago

Maybe pane zvaaida Kuba kana kuviga kana kty aida kuita weti sezvataugwa na Hwindi, asi manje pane angavingigwa ne vanhu vane pfuti husiku akasatiza here also tomboti aida kuita chimwe chezvarehwa zvinga deserve kuti munhu apfuriwe here ko handiti dai vakfura kana mavhiri, ini hangu zvine chekuita nekuitira umwe zvakaipa ini handizvidi ndinomuka Savhimbi one day I warning people


Live dude 6 months ago

@cms u are cruel and inhuman y do u celebrate one's death


Two Boy 6 months ago

I have this feeling that the soldier is innocent. He was on duty and had done what any security officer would do especially at that time of the night. We understand that cases involving the army pulling the trigger on unarmed civilians are rising, this case deserves an exemption. What was the deceased doing near
a protected place and why did he run away and a reasoned person would question the kind of games one would play around 1 am, deepest part of the night.


Chief 6 months ago

Guys don't just blame uyu mfac aita nezvei n y akatiza akatoomesa gotsi pama warning shots akakavira. He was up for something bad and police has no power to interrogate the soldier, only Military Police can do further investigations not ZRP. Even if Chamisa was the president nothing of this kind was gonna be treated as inhuman. Respect ma premises e army i warn you cz zvakabata ikoko ziva kuti zvarova whether urikune ipi nyika ma base hasi ma public toilets


Chief 6 months ago

Guys don't just blame uyu mfac aita nezvei n y akatiza akatoomesa gotsi pama warning shots akakavira. He was up for something bad and police has no power to interrogate the soldier, only Military Police can do further investigations not ZRP. Even if Chamisa was the president nothing of this was gonna be treated as inhuman. Respect ma premises e army i warn you cz zvakabata ikoko ziva kuti zvarova weather urikune ipi nyika ma base hasi ma public toilets


Gidza 6 months ago

Hewo mamwe mabasa ema Soldiers zve nepfuti dzavo. We are slowly becoming another Afghanistan. Apa varikuramba kuti asungwe. Kubva hameno chegore rino🙊


Kamambo 6 months ago

The so called 2nd Republic is an embarrasment to our beloved country.The military and police discipline have reached lowest levels.Who will police the military and police respectively.


🤨🤨 6 months ago

Aiitei pa air base ipapo


CMS 6 months ago

Anotoifira weti iyoyo aiona pakanyorwa kuti VARUME here

Hwindi 6 months ago

Ayiita weti.


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