Murdered boy probe: Tsvangirai blasts cops

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is disgusted at police’s “trivialisation” of the unfortunate death of 12-year-old Christpower Maisiri, a top aide said yesterday.

Alex Magaisa, Tsvangirai’s political advisor said the premier will take up the issue with President Robert Mugabe.

He was addressing journalists yesterday following Tsvangirai’s meeting with visiting Swedish minister of International Development and Co-operation, Gunilla Carlsson.

“The Prime Minister was keen to emphasise his commitment to a free and fair election but that is likely to be disturbed by the recent outbreak of violence in the country.

The case of the Headlands murder featured heavily in the discussions with the Swedish minister and he is particularly concerned with the way police have swiftly concluded matters of political violence in which our supporters are victims.

“There has been an apparent and disturbing trivialisation of the death of the young man as well as the derogatory remarks on his physical condition that have never been scientifically proven particularly by the State media,” Magaisa said.

“It is important for the police to be seen to be doing their job and covering every angle than coming to pre-mature conclusions. An example is the Glen View case in which our activists have been languishing in jail for years but the police find it convenient to hastily conclude no foul play in the Headlands case.

“The Maisiri family have their side and have named certain individuals that the police should investigate fully. They do not buy the theory of an accident.”

Tsvangirai is miffed by pronouncements made by police and published in the State-controlled media claiming “investigations” have already determined that the fire that claimed the life of the 12-year-old Christpower last week was a result of the explosion of tobacco chemicals and ammonium nitrate fertiliser in the hut that the boy was sleeping.

The boy died in an inexplicable inferno that gutted a grass-thatched hut he was sleeping in with his siblings who miraculously survived the “blast”.

Ironically, Mugabe last week ordered police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri to bring to book those fingered in the hideous act only to turn around at the weekend and claimed the MDC wanted to ‘claim every dead body and blame Zanu PF” for the death.

MDC Harare provincial spokesperson and deputy Justice minister, Obert Gutu in a post on social networking site Facebook said: “In record time, the ZRP rules out foul play in young Christpower’s horrendous death..!! This is what happens when a dictatorship loses its soul.

This is a monumental miscarriage of justice, indeed the ultimate bastardisation of the justice delivery system.

“One day, very, very soon, the voice of the voiceless will be heard..!! The wailings & tribulations of the downtrodden will be answered...!! ,” said Gutu.

Zanu PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa told the Daily News in the aftermath of Christpower’ death that the senior Maisiri an aspiring parliamentary candidate in the same constituency was in-fact a Zanu PF member and would not challenge him. - Richard Chidza and Mugove Tafirenyika

Comments (1)

This is grossly inhumane.

Sandra Matongo - 27 August 2013

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