Vendors in court for bashing municipal cops

Source: The Herald – Breaking news.

Vendors in court for bashing municipal cops

Court Correspondent

TWO vendors have been taken to court for allegedly assaulting municipal police officers who were arresting illegal vendors in Harare’s Central Business District.

The two, Derreck Nyeke (33) and Kelvin Chikono (40), appeared before Harare magistrate Mrs Ethel Chichera on Monday, charged with public violence.

They were remanded in custody pending full bail application this week.

The State is alleging that on May 31, at around 12:50pm, the accused persons together with others who are still at large, were among illegal vendors who were displaying their wares on pavements along Cameron Street close to Flyover heading towards Mbare. 

They saw a group of municipal police and Zimbabwe Republic Police officers who were arresting illegal vendors and confiscating their wares. 

The vendors took their property and dispersed.

The court heard that after about five minutes, the accused and other vendors re-organised themselves into three groups and became violent. 

They viciously attacked the municipal officers using wooden sticks and sjamboks. 

During the process, the accused attacked and seriously injured three of the officers, who are admitted at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for medical treatment. 

A police Hino lorry, registration number AAE 8352, had its quarter glass damaged. 

Police managed to arrest the two and others fled from the crime scene. 

Total value damaged is yet to be ascertained and nothing was recovered.