No li­cence cop rams house, fails to pay for re­pairs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Andile Tshuma

A NKULUMANE fam­ily is liv­ing in the open as a po­lice of­fi­cer, who lost con­trol of his car and rammed into their house two months ago, has failed to re­pair the prop­erty.

The cop, a con­sta­ble sta­tioned at Nkulumane Po­lice Sta­tion, al­legedly did not have of a valid driver’s li­cence at the time of the crash.

Two sib­lings aged 6 and 11 years were rushed to Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries when the po­lice­man, sus­pected to have been drunk, rammed his ve­hi­cle into a room they were sleep­ing in.

Con­sta­ble Mun­yaradzi Mup­fawa — force num­ber 085147 — was with an un­named col­league when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred just af­ter mid­night some­time in July.

He is sus­pected to have lost con­trol of the car af­ter an empty beer bot­tle rolled un­der the brake pedal while he at­tempted to ne­go­ti­ate a cor­ner.

Mrs Pru­dence Tshili, the guardian of the two chil­dren who were in­jured, said the own­ers of the house where “very young or­phans” and could not fix the dam­age.

“The par­ents of th­ese chil­dren died and left them very young. This house has been their source of liv­ing as they rent rooms out to ten­ants to buy food and pay school fees. Now this of­fi­cer com­pletely de­stroyed one of the rooms and prop­erty, he has taken away their bread and but­ter,” said Mrs Tshili.

She said she felt let down by the law as Mup­fawa had not re­paired the home, re­placed dam­aged fur­ni­ture or paid the kids’ hos­pi­tal bills.

“I have strug­gled with hos­pi­tal bills for the chil­dren and all he did was send some­one to drop three bags of ce­ment and not a sin­gle brick. He did not pay for the am­bu­lance and he is very ar­ro­gant,” she said. Mrs Tshili said Mup­fawa had since en­gaged a lawyer. “Now he told us not to talk to him but to talk to his lawyer. He just told us that he would do what­ever it takes to pro­tect his job. We can­not af­ford a lawyer so we have no­body to stand for our rights. They are tak­ing ad­van­tage of our poverty,” said Mrs Tshili.

She said the fam­ily was con­sid­er­ing seek­ing the ser­vices of an in­yanga to bring the mat­ter to a close.

“As a fam­ily we de­cided that we have to do things the African way. Since th­ese po­lice of­fi­cers think that the law is in their hands, now we will do some­thing that will make them re­gret for life. They will come back to us ask­ing for our for­give­ness but we will also pro­fess ig­no­rance. We are tired,” she said.

The Chron­i­cle went to Mup­fawa’s home yes­ter­day but only found his wife, who said he had gone out.

Neigh­bours said the po­lice of­fi­cers, who are also from Nkulumane, were driv­ing a red Honda Fit and were drunk when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

A neigh­bour said on the day of the ac­ci­dent Mup­fawa was so drunk he could not run.

“The two were ex­tremely drunk. They be­haved strangely and shouted ob­scen­i­ties. They even fought in front of us. One of them only came back in the morn­ing to apol­o­gise,” said Mrs Ntuli, a neigh­bour.

Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango could not be reached for com­ment.

Re­cently, the Deputy Min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs Cde Obe­d­ingwa Mn­guni urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to record videos of po­lice of­fi­cers vi­o­lat­ing the law.

He said ev­i­dence gath­ered will come handy in pros­e­cut­ing rogue law en­force­ment agents. — @ andile_t­shuma

The Nkulumane house with a huge hole in one of the walls caused by Con­sta­ble Mun­yaradzi Mup­fawa

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