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Soldier Who Shot Dead Five People On Christmas Day Arrested

Soldier Who Shot Dead Five People On Christmas Day Arrested

A soldier who killed five people and injured three others on Christmas Day in Mhondoro has been arrested.

According to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF)’s Brigadier-General Augustine Chipwere, Lance Corporal Monga shot eight people at Wanganui Shops in Mhondoro Ngezi at around 6 pm resulting in the death of five.

Brig-Gen Chipwere said investigations indicate Lance Corporal Monga had a misunderstanding with a civilian, Brian Mutero, at the shops.

A mob got itself involved in the quarrel between the two and attacked Lance Corporal Monga.

According to Brig-Gen Chipwere, after being cornered by the mob and in the commotion that followed, Lance Corporal Monga warned the crowd by firing three rounds into the air. He added:

Despite the warning shots, the crowd continued to close in on him. He then fired his weapon into the crowd thereby killing four people on the spot and injuring four others, of whom one later died at a local clinic.

The other three who sustained minor injuries were medically attended to and discharged from the hospital.

Brig-Gen Chipwere said that after the shooting incident, Lance Corporal Monga sought assistance from a nearby school.

One of the teachers at the school drove him to the nearest police station but the police officers who were manning the police station were afraid of arresting him.

Monga is reported to have then walked throughout the night to his camp where he handed himself over to the military authorities.

He was eventually surrendered to the police.

In his statement issued on Saturday, Brig-Gen Chipwere said the Zimbabwe Defence Forces deeply regrets the recent shootings, including the other two that occurred on Christmas Eve in Gweru and Harare respectively. He said:

The ZDF acknowledges and regrets the loss of innocent lives and deeply commiserates with the bereaved families and communities. The ZDF will assist all the bereaved families in accordance with regulations pertaining to such incidents.

The ZDF wishes to appeal to members of the public to report any member of the ZDF who behaves in a criminal manner or displays behaviour, not in keeping with the ZDF code of conduct, to the nearest cantonment area or to phone the following numbers 024 2792661 and 071 2808007 so that corrective action is taken promptly.

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23 Comments

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

ONE DEATH IS ONE TOO MANY.

I WANT TO GIVE THANKS TO OUR DEFENCE FORCES FOR UPDATING THE PUBLIC THOROUGHLY ABOUT THE WANGANUI SHOOTING INCIDENT.

WHILE BRIGADIER GENERAL CHIPWERE TOLD THE PUBLIC HOW THE COMMOTION STARTED, HE DID NOT UPDATE THE PUBLIC ON WHETHER OR NOT LANCE CORPORAL MONGA WAS ON DUTY AT WANGANUI OR NOT, PARTICULARLY IN A BAR WHERE HE WAS ALLEGEDLY DOWNING THE WISEMAN'S WATERS [BEERS].

BRIGADIER GENERAL CHIPWERE DID NOT CONFIRM THE TYPE OF THE FIREARM CORPORAL MONGA USED. CIRCUMSTANCES POINT TO THE FACT THAT LANCE CORPORAL MONGA KILLED 5 PEOPLE IN SELF DEFENCE. DOES SELF DEFENSE HAVE CHECKS AND BALANCES ?

POST MORTEM REPORTS WILL CONFIRM WHERE EXACTLY THE BULLETS HIT. HOW MANY OF THE VICTIMS WERE SHOT IN THE BACK. INVESTIGATIONS WILL PROVE IF IT WAS STILL NECESSARY TO APPLY THE PRINCIPAL OF SELF DEFENCE ON A FLEEING ATTACKER.

FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS WILL ESTABLISH THE DISTANCE APART THE VICTIMS WERE SHOT.

INVESTIGATIONS WILL ESTABLISH IF REALLY TRAINED POLICE OFFICERS CHICKENED OUT TO ARREST LANCE CORPORAL MONGA. I UNDERSTAND THAT POLICE ARE TRAINED TO ARREST WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR.

ZDF HAS NOTHING TO HIDE. THEY HAVE APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO HELP THEM FIGHT INDISCIPLINE WITHIN THEIR RANK AND FILE BY REPORTING UNRULY ELEMENTS VIA SUPPLIED CELLPHONE NUMBERS.

[ONE DEATH IS ONE TOO MANY]

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Kezi 4 months ago

Hapana zvema warning shots tozviziva sei dai zvataurwa nemunhu aivepo vatotanga kuda kurwira mumwe wavo.
Misunderstanding yeyi vamwe vaiti akanyenga kamwana kechidiki kakataurira baba vacho,why masoja akufamba nepfuti pese pese asi tichiri kuhondo lets just fix economy pfuti siyayi pasi takutyawo kuti chiii chikuitika ,apa morambidza machechi asi zvimaelection zvenyu makaita wani nyika ino yakanokorwa tsoka ndabvuma hangu mmm tourayiwa nenhamo


Kezi 4 months ago

Hapana zvema warning shots tozviziva sei dai zvataurwa nemunhu aivepo vatotanga kuda kurwira mumwe wavo.
Misunderstanding yeyi vamwe vaiti akanyenga kamwana kechidiki kakataurira baba vacho,why masoja akufamba nepfuti pese pese asi tichiri kuhondo lets just fix economy pfuti siyayi pasi takutyawo kuti chiii chikuitika ,apa morambidza machechi asi zvimaelection zvenyu makaita wani nyika ino yakanokorwa tsoka ndabvuma hangu mmm tourayiwa nenhamo


chikiti.. musavengana 4 months ago

moridzirwa 3 ma warning shots moramba muchi advancer memuchi tember nei asi... zvimwe zvivindi zvekudhakwa but look at the concequences nw maakusiya mhuri dzichitambura ipapa tikada kutsvaga kut inyaya yei unogona kushamisija


Elyse 4 months ago

Taura hako...

Imwe mbeu 4 months ago

Nhy hako

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THATCHING grass 4 months ago

HUMANITY HUMANITY IS WHAT WE DON'T HAVE ZIMBABWEAN PEOPLE


Shadows 4 months ago

Let's be fair guys, maida kuti adiiwo musoja uyo. Anga avawo pama1.self defense. Isuwo povho we must learn to respect uniformed forces. Otherwise tinofira mahara. Becoz akaridza mawarning shots. The issue is why do they carry guns kumamisha. Ngavaende kumoza uko kuhondo kna vaneshungu yekuridza pfuti


🤨🤨 4 months ago

Self defance ehe bt pfuti paruzhinji ummm azviite hazvo asi unotoshaya kti vakuru vavo vachivaregera vachibuda nepfuti why ndokuzosvika kuita ma robbery

P .Kureya 4 months ago

Ko musoja akabuda mu camp aine pfuti uye ariega sei? Apo aifambira nyaya dzevasikana.zivayi kuti havazi vose vari ma civilians kunze kwavanoenda.

007 4 months ago

Vakamama vanhu vakafa avo... Uda kushinga munhu ane ak47 nekuti makawanda... Hehe munopenga zvenyu


Bright 4 months ago

Pane umwe hushingi usina basa ka ungamirire munhu ane pfuti or kunetsana naye azviite ini andimire pakadaro kana

Tkt 4 months ago

@Gaffer

you can say that again but hudofo haho kusateerera chero maPOVO acho

kkkkk


Gaffer 4 months ago

Munofira mahara ayaaa...they will shoot n kill you

Tkt 4 months ago

@Sajendi Meja

Macontacts mapuwa henyu bt they will not work bcoz paucha fona vachada kuzo fonera relevant station iri padhuze. Gunners vanonga vato pedza hundunya hwavo kare kare

kkkk apa wozo tsvagwa after 7 days aripi gunners wawaka reporter iwe woto pinda busy wakunzi tipe humbowo, kkkk wangu ka unozvi demba bcoz vachati futi VANHU MUSANGO REPORTER zvinhu zvamusina evidence nazvo, kkkkk yotofa futi


P .Kureya 4 months ago

Maybe these guys know kuti new despencetion yakuuya sei. Saka they are now rude

MuGrade 2 4 months ago

Reporting a rogue soldier to his rogue and arrogant masters is a waste of time...u might end up in hot soup.

Tkt 4 months ago

Even verobbery vacho vanopinda ndeva batwa vano tiza zvavharana. Bcoz i think these roberry gangs are commanded by some individual generals.

kana vachipa leeway yekuti ridza hako maWarning shots aotadza nei kuridzira munhu direct vongozoti WARNING SHOTS.

i think ngava bvise chinhu chinonzi warning shot icjocji yosarira shoot to kill during combart or crime suppression only


Gaffer 4 months ago

A contribution by a povo .... People OF Valueless Opinions...

MuGrade 2 4 months ago

Was he on duty or not?


Sajendi Mheja(Rtred) 4 months ago

Thanks Brig-Gen for the response. Now that we have the contact nos yekwekuchemera, I believe the Military Police will deal decisively with these rogue elements who want to disturb peace in our society.


Tkt 4 months ago

Statement ramdara chipwere harina zvariri kutaura iro

ko iye lance coporo wacho aimbo itei ipapo nepfuti? was he on duty or what?

pindula may you make a follow up on this case tihwe kuti this guy wat wat chaizvo, the koporo


😴 4 months ago

In all their responses to the public outcry, the ZDF, is stressing the point that the two soldiers FIRED WARNING SHOTS THAT WERE IGNORED BY THE VICTIMS and also the fact that the soldiers then WENT TO THE POLICE AND SURRENDERED TO THEIR SUPERIORS AT WORK.
To me, it sounds like they will definitely stand with their soldiers.
The ones directly involved in robberies ndovandoona sevachangopinda muzvikariboso chete.



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