ZRP PRESS STATEMENT                       18th JANUARY 2023

FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT THE 160 KM PEG ALONG HARARE- NYAMAPANDA ROAD

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating a fatal road traffic accident which occurred at the 160 km peg along Harare-Nyamapanda Road on 17th January 2023 at around 1620 hours where one person died on the spot while seven (07) others were seriously injured.

A driver who was driving a Rimbi Tours, Yutong bus due west towards Harare, with 23 passengers on board rammed onto the back of a Shacman Tipper which was travelling in the same direction. The bus driver was trying to overtake the truck whilst being blocked by a Zebra Kiss bus which was travelling in the same direction.

It is clear that the bus drivers were racing and blocking each other along the road. They were openly putting the lives of passengers in danger.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police implores bus operators to reign in their drivers to ensure that they abide by road rules and regulations. Operators have a vicarious responsibility to control their drivers and ensure that drivers are not dragged into dangerous and reckless highway races with other buses for passengers. Drivers are licensed to protect lives on the roads and set a good conduct in terms of road safety.

The Policewill ensure that the law takes its course on the two bus drivers and the bus companies management.

 

(NYATHI. P) Assistant Commissioner

Senior Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations)

to the Commissioner General of Police

Police General Headquarters

ZRP PRESS STATEMENT                                               06TH JANUARY 2023

ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT STATISTICS FOR THE PERIOD 15TH DECEMBER 2022 TO 05TH JANUARY 2023

As the festive period draws to a close with the pending opening of schools on 9th January 2023 and companies resuming full operations, the Zimbabwe Republic Police gives an update on road traffic accident statistics for the period 15th December 2022 to 05th January 2023.

  15th December 2021 -05th January 2022 15th December 2022 to 05th January 2023
Total road traffic accidents 1 914 1 998
Number of fatal accidents 81 95
Number of people killed 102 127
Number of people injured 478 489

As alluded to in the Police press statement issued on 27th December 2022, most Fatal Road Traffic Accidents involved private cars.

The festive period has revealed that drivers need to self introspect and reconsider the way some are driving on the country’s roads. The bully and unruly driving conduct being shown by some drivers should stop in order to save lives on the roads.

Police reiterates that drivers must be observant and concentrate while on the steering wheel to curtail fatal road traffic accidents which have been recorded during the festive season where in some instances pedestrians were hit while standing at bus stops or walking beside the road.

In one of the fatal road traffic accidents which occurred on 18th December 2022, an unknown motorist hit a man aged between 30 and 35 years along 12th Avenue, Bulawayo at around 0200 hours on 18th December 2022. The victim died on the spot and the motorist did not stop after the accident.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police reiterates that motorists should stop when involved in road traffic accidents, assist the injured if necessary and report all accidents to the Police within 24 hours.

In another accident which occurred on 25th December 2022 at 1945 hours at the 300 km peg along Bulawayo –Victoria Falls Road, a motorist who was driving a Toyota Hilux vehicle with three passengers on board towards Victoria Falls, lost control of the car and veered off the road to the left, where he ran over seven pedestrians before swerving to the right side where he rammed onto a stationary Honda Fit vehicle which had six passengers on board. The Honda Fit vehicle overturned once and landed on its roof. As a result, three people (two pedestrians and one passenger from the Honda Fit vehicle) died, while 13 others were injured.

Similarly, on 31st December 2022 at 1000 hours, three pedestrians were killed after they were hit by a bus which had veered off the road along Zaka- Nyika Road at the 15 km peg.

As the nation gears up for social and economic activities in the year 2023, the Police implores motorists to be responsible and strive to promote road safety on the country’s roads.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police will continue to deploy police officers to curb road carnage and reckless driving conduct on the roads. The Police needs the cooperation of motorists for road safety to be to be realised in the country.

[NYATHI. P] Assistant Commissioner

Senior Staff Officer [Press and Public Relations]

to the Commissioner General of Police

Police General Headquarters

                                                           

ZRP PRESS STATEMENT                                   05TH JANUARY 2023

FALSE SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGE ON ALLEGED 2023/2024 ZRP RECRUITMENT EXERCISE

The Zimbabwe Republic Police dismisses a false message which is circulating on social media platforms on alleged 2023/ 2024 massive police applicants recruitment process.

Members of the public and all potential applicants are advised to ignore this fake message. The public should not submit application letters, life history, copies of identity documents and educational qualifications, to anyone, third party or Officer-in-Charge at a Police Station on or before 07th May 2023, as alleged in the false message.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police assures the public that formal communication will be made accordingly, through the appropriate media channels, when the normal recruitment process is rolled out and open to potential applicants to submit the relevant documents.

Meanwhile, the police has launched full scale investigations into the import and origins of the message. The Zimbabwe Republic Police reiterates that it does not engage third parties to conduct recruitment on its behalf.

The public is strongly advised to be wary of these unscrupulous elements and therefore report at any nearest police station or contact the National Complaints Desk on telephone number (242) 703631 on the activities of these criminals who in most cases intend to dupe innocent members of the public of their money.

(NYATHI. P) Assistant Commissioner

Senior Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations)

to the Commissioner General of Police

Police General Headquarters

ZRP PRESS STATEMENT                                   07TH JANUARY 2023

MURDER CASE IN NYANGA

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating circumstances surrounding a heinous murder case in which Edward Chirombe (43) is suspected to have attacked to death, his wife Joyce Mashenu (40), two daughters aged 8 and 14, and son (12), before committing suicide, at a homestead at Ngavaseke Mugomba Village, Nyanga on an unknown date.

The bodies of the victims were found by the Police on 06th January 2023 after the police had received information that there were dead bodies lying in the hut and flat roofed bedroom, which were all locked from the outside with padlocks. The police broke the padlocks to gain entry into the hut and bedroom where the bodies of the victims were found with multiple deep cuts on the head.

The body of Joyce Mashenu was found lying on the bed covered with blood in the bedroom, while the bodies of the children were found lying on the floor and bed in the hut.

The body of Edward Chirombe was found hanging from a tree in the garden which is about 800 metres from the homestead.

Investigations are in progress to ascertain the motive behind the callous murder. The Zimbabwe Republic Police urges the public not to resort to violence in resolving domestic disputes.

(NYATHI. P) Assistant Commissioner

Senior Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations)

to the Commissioner General of Police

Police General Headquarters

                                               

ZRP PRESS STATEMENT                                                  5th JANUARY 2023

ARREST OF FIVE SUSPECTS FOR SPATE OF ARMED ROBBERY CASES AROUND THE COUNTRY

The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Courage Takunda Dumba alias Toki (35), Robson Mhandu (28), Thulani Munetsi (42), Tichaona Kariwa (35) (now late) and Zondai Previous Ngarandi (25) in connection with 14 armed robbery cases which occurred between January 2021 and 02nd January 2023 in Nyazura, Odzi, Goromonzi, Bindura, Glendale, Marondera, Chegutu and Harare where US$ 130 848-00 cash, 21 cellphones, various firearms, motor vehicles and other valuables were stolen at residential, mining and industrial premises.

On 04th January 2023, detectives from CID Homicide, Harare received information that Tichaona Kariwa (35) and Courage Takunda Dumba were linked to spate of robbery cases which occurred across the country and were staying at a hideout in Melfort, Goromonzi. The detectives acted on the received information leading to the arrest of the two suspects.

The arrest led to the recovery of a Honda Fit vehicle, registration number AFM 4148 which had been stolen in Marondera on 02nd January 2023, 0.22 Mark IV revolver, 0.22 Astra pistol 9mm Star pistol, 9mm Feg pistol, 9mm Retay pistol, 303 rifle with a magazine of 3 rounds, 3 duvets, 4 x 35 watts LED flood lights, 0.5 Horse Power booster pump and a leather jacket.

Detectives later arrested Robson Mhandu and Thulani Munetsi, after a shootout, in Belvedere when the duo had contacted Courage Dumba and Tichaona Kariwa to come to OK Marimba business complex where they allegedly wanted to strategize on their next planned robbery which was to be conducted on the same day.

Tichaona Kariwa who was in police vehicle attempted to escape and was shot on the hip leading to his re-arrest while Robson Mhandu was shot on the thigh after a shootout with the detectives. The injured suspects were referred to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals where Tichaona Kariwa died upon admission.

Zondai Previous Ngirandi was arrested by CID detectives in Marondera and was found with gunshot wounds on the abdomen and thigh after escaping from the Melfort shooting incident.

The suspects were linked to 14 cases of armed robbery including the one in which US$ 5000-00 cash, two cellphones and a Toyota Hilux Legend 45 vehicle, registration number AFS 2704 were stolen from the complainant in Damafalls, Harare on 13th July 2022 and the other one  where the suspects pounced at Energy Service Station, Chegutu where US$ 15 246-00 was taken on 03rd August 2022. The suspects are also linked to the robbery case which occurred at Mutangadura Business Centre, Goromonzi where US$13 000-00 cash, three cellphones and a laptop were stolen on 2nd October 2022.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police is appealing for information which may lead to the arrest of the outstanding suspect, only known as Medicine. Anyone with information to report at any nearest Police Station, WhatsApp 0712800197 or contact the National Complaints Desk on 0242 703631.

(NYATHI. P) Assistant Commissioner

Senior Staff Officer (Press and Public Relations)

to the Commissioner General of Police

Police General Headquarters

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