War veteran killed in police chase

HARARE - A war veteran was killed in a horror crash during a police car chase in Harare’s central business district early yesterday morning.

A minibus full of passengers was reversing at high speed as police charged to smash the windscreen and the kombi hit war veteran Raphael Mbanje of Tafara at the corner of Chinhoyi and Bank Streets in downtown Harare, killing him instantly.



A witness said officers on routine patrol charged at the minibus, which appeared to make off at speed.

“The vehicle was moving in reverse in Chinhoyi Street as the driver drove away from the police,” said the witness.

“A policeman then approached the vehicle and smashed the windscreen with a baton stick. I heard a sound and the driver continued to reverse it and ran over the man once."

“People screamed and shouted and the kombi driver panicked and continued to drive, running over the man again and killing him on the spot.”

When the Daily News crew arrived, hundreds of people were gathered, blocking traffic and hindering normal business.

The agitated crowd demanded the police should be removed from the roads and allow council police to patrol the city roads.

The crowd was so angry that they threatened to beat up police officers, prompting riot police to intervene.

There was pandemonium when riot police moved in to disperse the crowd.

The baton-wielding officers descended on the crowd, indiscriminately beating mid-morning shoppers.

People fled in all directions while others sought refuge in shops whose owners struggled to lock their doors. 

The Daily News was sent from pillar to post yesterday when seeking comment from the police, with  Harare police spokesperson Tedious Chibanda referring the paper  to traffic spokesperson, Lancemore Chakanza who said he was not at work.

He referred the Daily News to another spokesperson Paul Nyathi, whose mobile was unreachable by the time of going to print. Mbanje’s body was left lying on the street for hours before it was collected by the police.

The driver tried to flee but was arrested.

Albert Mashatise, the deceased war veteran’s relative, explained that Mbanje was in the city to collect his monthly pension. 

The deceased is survived by his wife and seven children.

Comments (21)

These kombi drivers should be charged for murder and the idiotic public should instead turn on the errant drivers, why fight with the police, what if the kombi was carrying criminals and why would anyone doing legal business run away from the police?

reason - 4 December 2013

tirikuregerera makombi achiita zvaanoda mutown. mapurisa necouncil ndavasa mirira kuti makombi apere mhosva ndavatozvimisa from the word go. no kombi should be seen in the middle of the town. corruption is killing the economy and country. hezvo vauraya gamba renyika. lets punish them this kombi drivers for being reckless. how many deaths do they cause in our roads. its high time minister Mpofu should act on this. Please we ask of your intervention. R.I.P Cde Mbanje, we salute for the service you rendered to the nation and for us to enjoy the freedom we have. I pass my condolences to the Mbanje Family

hardlife - 4 December 2013

the combiz have become a problem in town guys but i would point my fingure to the police officers on duty who are too greed for bribes at the expense of public safety. had they had a better strategy of arresting the hwindiz trust me our fellow comrade would be alive today. this is indeed a great loss to us Zimbabweans but the sad part is this could have been avoided.

mafirakureva - 4 December 2013

the combiz have become a problem in town guys but i would point my fingure to the police officers on duty who are too greed for bribes at the expense of public safety. had they had a better strategy of arresting the hwindiz trust me our fellow comrade would be alive today. this is indeed a great loss to us Zimbabweans but the sad part is this could have been avoided.

mafirakureva - 4 December 2013

these are just fruits and leafs we see. these things are evidence of what this government is which is the root. everything rises and falls on leadership. if your country number of prostitutes, criminal etc is increasing know that it is not about the west, its about your leadership. check yourself earnestly.

zim - 4 December 2013

Fortunately it was not an innocent civilian who died in the melee . Some of us with relatives and friends who were brutally massacred , raped or maimed by these war vet butchers have no sympathy at all for this dead individual . Beware of ngozi .

Ngozi - 4 December 2013

Mapurisa (ZRP) ndidzo MHONDI

Mukanya - 4 December 2013

Police be warned, there is a plot to assassinate police officers operating along Harare Showgrounds, you agitated a dangerous robber on Monday . Smashing windscreens only deepens conflicts with combi operators.

Truthful Mwanawashe - 4 December 2013

its a sad thing to hear..and i also hear that this morning (4/12) another policeman smashed a kombi windscreen which then injured a child passenger...is there no other way the police can catch the hwindis..on another note we can sy let the kombis be banned in the city, but imagine kuburuka kuFlyOver uchisenzera kuna4th..there must be a better way to alleviate this transport problem..Police should consider public safety before throwing their buttons, and kombi operators should have the required papers for operation.

makbeta - 4 December 2013

My condolences to the family of the deceased. Mapurisa ari right. I don't at all support illegal kombiz who are flouting road rules,driving regulations. They don't care and have no courtesy. I recommend that the POLICE be beefed up to fight Kombi drivers. A crack team of POLICE should be set up to deal nema kombis. Vanofanira kurobwa. As a driver I have no tsitsi for these kombis.

makandi - 4 December 2013

My condolences to the family of the deceased. Mapurisa ari right. I don't at all support illegal kombiz who are flouting road rules,driving regulations. They don't care and have no courtesy. I recommend that the POLICE be beefed up to fight Kombi drivers. A crack team of POLICE should be set up to deal nema kombis. Vanofanira kurobwa. As a driver I have no tsitsi for these kombis.

makandi - 4 December 2013

Kombi drivers have been made rogues by the police because these police are not arresting them but just getting bribes that is why kombi drivers are now using these tactics. Seriously we had peace that time but they laxed as we feared that time. Come to park street and see how the kombis and touts behave, go pa gulf and see how the kombis block the roads and of late these small raums and vitz going to 4th street and avaondale seriously are they saying they are out of control or they just are benefiiting from this diorder damn whoever dies. If the kombi drivers are arrested and taken to court and get imprisoned they won't do it again, but they are forced to pay bribes. do you know a kombi can be driven into Harare central and a bribe paid there right in the police station so what are we talking about. The police must handle these kombis with care because now the roads have become very dangerous and i don't see any problem in dealing with these guys. Its so easy but because it is about bribes they seem overwhelmed.

Maita Manyuka - 4 December 2013

mapurisa aya dai vaiita basa ravo chairo zvaiva nani ,,zvino kumhanyisana kwese uku kuda havo mari bedzi bedzi,,ivo vemakombi vachowo futio aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa havanzwewo futi

pasi nemangonjo - 4 December 2013

there should be committees for kombis which control routes just as in old days and that will finish the chaos caused by police and council police, look at S.A how they ply their routes even without conductors

titty - 4 December 2013

Y blame the cmb drivers this is simple- how did the comb end up in the cbd wen in fact they banned in undesignated ranks,y was the policeman chasin the comb u think he was doing his job maaya he wanted his bribe these police are the real molesters of innocent blood in zim not that comb drivers bla bla bla mantra he was simply tryn to save his hard earned cash arrest the officer who did that simple...

zimvet - 4 December 2013

kombi drivers and the police one and the same thing. RIP camrade

chemedzanemburungwe - 4 December 2013

What is meant by policing, if u can define that u will see everything wrong about this and everything else around us.we need to take back control people,this is getting out of hand!

etafira23@gmail.com Madyirapanze - 4 December 2013

In as much as we may put the Blame on the Kombi Driver, which section of the Law allows the Police to destroy windscreesns of our cars ? The Kombi Driver was wrong for he drove carelessly, but I feel the GREATEST Blame should go to the batton sticks welding guys. If they wanted to beat the Driver we can understand but not damaging properties ? Is this what is now happening in Harare or our Journalists are exaggerating a bit ? Or may be it is allowed in the NEW Constitution ????? Lord Have Mercy

mutema - 5 December 2013

In as much as we may put the Blame on the Kombi Driver, which section of the Law allows the Police to destroy windscreesns of our cars ? The Kombi Driver was wrong for he drove carelessly, but I feel the GREATEST Blame should go to the batton sticks welding guys. If they wanted to beat the Driver we can understand but not damaging properties ? Is this what is now happening in Harare or our Journalists are exaggerating a bit ? Or may be it is allowed in the NEW Constitution ????? Lord Have Mercy

mutema - 5 December 2013

The police cause this death. Why do they want to smash windscreens. The law should be applied fairly. The vehicle is not the offender but the guy at the wheel. Deal with the guy ; not the vehicle.

mapfupa - 6 December 2013

Police who smash windscreens with batons injur passengers sitting on the vehicle's front seat. Flass fragments fly all over ,embeding in the face, neck , hands & eyes. I witnessed a driver & passenger whose faces & hands were cut by glass fragments. This barbaric way should stop.

Manuwere Masikokodo - 6 December 2013

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