Ven­dor hit by car dur­ing coun­cil raid

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Crys­ta­bel Chikayi

A BU­L­AWAYO ven­dor was rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter he was struck by a car while flee­ing from mu­nic­i­pal po­lice along Robert Mu­gabe Way.

An an­gry mob at­tacked the coun­cil cop who had been chas­ing the ven­dor soon af­ter the in­ci­dent on Wed­nes­day.

Mr Sim­barashe Chisvo (24) was hit by a blue Toy­ota Corolla car at around 4PM near the main Econet Wire­less shop. A wit­ness told the Chron­i­cle the car ap­peared from the di­rec­tion of Cen­te­nary Park.

She said the im­pact threw Mr Chisvo from the mid­dle of the road and he landed un­con­scious by the road­side.

The mu­nic­i­pal po­lice of­fi­cer, who had been chas­ing Mr Chisvo, fol­lowed to check if he had been hurt.

Passersby then set upon the coun­cil em­ployee and he fol­lowed his col­leagues who had al­ready beaten a hasty re­treat. “Past ex­pe­ri­ence when they cause such ac­ci­dents ob­vi­ously made them re­alise they were in dan­ger,” said an­other wit­ness. A ven­dor iden­ti­fied as Ms Bless­ing Zhou, who also fled from the mu­nic­i­pal po­lice, al­leged the coun­cil cops were de­mand­ing bribes from ven­dors.

“We sell Nokia phones and charg­ers at the Econet Shop ve­ran­dah. The mu­nic­i­pal po­lice came in the morn­ing and we gave them money. When they came the sec­ond time we had no money to give them. We all fled with the few things that we sell,” said Ms Zhou.

“Chisvo ran cross­ing the road to­wards Jairos Jiri Craft Cen­tre. When the car hit him, the mu­nic­i­pal cop came closer to see if Chisvo was hurt. Wit­nesses, out of anger, pounced on him and he fled,” she said.

Mr Chisvo was rushed to the United Bu­l­awayo Hospi­tals (UBH) in a mu­nic­i­pal am­bu­lance.

Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil se­nior spokesper­son Mrs Ne­sisa Mpofu said: “We are still look­ing into the mat­ter and we will get back to you.” — @cchikayi

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