Killer council cop jailed

MASVINGO - A municipal police officer who ran over a vegetable vendor’s three-month-old baby during an informal traders crackdown operation will languish in prison for the next one year.

Jacob Mugova Mutero, 58, was convicted of culpable homicide by magistrate, Oliver Mudzongachiso.

In passing judgment, Mudzongachiso condemned the municipal worker for negligent driving and taking the law into his hands.

Mutero, who was chasing vendors from undesignated selling points, ran over Polite Mutezo with a council vehicle. The baby died on the spot.

The baby was reportedly lying by the road side.

Mudzongachiso said the municipal cop caused the loss of a “special young life” hence he deserved to do time behind bars.

It is the state’s case that on July 28, Mutero, who was on duty, approached the vendors driving at high speed. The vendors were selling their vegetables at Mucheke bus terminus.

The city council cop, who was accompanied by five other workmates, chased vendors in a bid to confiscate their wares for violating council laws.

Mutero allegedly advanced towards Polite’s mother intending to run over and smash her vegetables. In the process he ran over the baby.

The court further heard that the incident sparked violence from furious vendors who bayed for Mutero’s blood.

He had to run for dear life, seeking refuge at Chikato Police Station with the angry residents in hot pursuit. The vendors set alight the city council vehicle at the terminus.

The matter was reported to the police, leading to Mutero’s arrest.

Shamiso Makovere appeared for the state.

Comments (5)

Zvimwe zvave kuitikawo izvi unoshaya kuti zviri kumbofamba sei. Hutsinye hwave muZimbabwe in the name of law enforcement unoratidza kuti satan is on the wheel. One year is very little for this callousness shown by this thug. Haisi border gezi here iyi!!!!

Mahwani - 25 November 2014

Ko amai havana kuti musanetse mavendoe aya here??

lol - 26 November 2014

unotadza kunzwisisa kuti zviri kufamba sei...... kana munhu achigerwa zuda mu butcher!!!!hezvo mhondi dzotsika vana

JAIROSSE - 26 November 2014

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