Family accuses police of executing son

HARARE - The family of theft-accused Allen Mbewe yesterday accused Chegutu police of “executing” their son, as officers insist he overdosed on anti-retroviral drugs.

Mbewe family lawyers Bherebhende Law Chambers claim armed police killed the 44-year-old.

The suspect was found dead in police cells at Chegutu Police Station on September 17 following his arrest for theft.

According to an initial report by Chegutu police, rejected by the deceased’s family, Mbewe was found dead during a routine cell check.

“The deceased was arrested for a case of theft by CID Chegutu details and detained at the ZRP Chegutu holding cells,” the police report says.

“He was found dead upon cell check at around 0600hrs. The now-deceased was on anti-retroviral treatment and had some tablets which he is suspected to have overdosed himself with as he was complaining of high body temperature after taking the tablets.”

But the family held police responsible for Mbewe’s death and is demanding a fresh inquiry.

“We request that you cause a new professional fresh post-mortem of the deceased as our clients suspect that their relative was subjected to brutal assault by the police which they suspect to have caused the death,” the attorneys wrote to Chegutu police on September 21.

The family says there are secret areas of evidence that were withheld from a coroner.

It also said they were concerned the secrecy will mean that some evidence will be suppressed.

The family barrister said the deceased’s family were under no illusion that Mbewe was “an angel”.

The family said Mbewe was entitled to be brought before a court of law to face a trial and if convicted, rightly and properly punished with the deprivation of his liberty.

It added that the fact he was strongly suspected of being involved in criminal wrongdoing does not justify him or anyone else being summarily killed.

The family further said they could not grieve properly until the truth was known about why their son was killed.

Rights groups and activists claim that there appears to be a police hit squad that is killing criminal suspects in custody.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), for example, documented more than a dozen cases between 2011 and 2013 of what appears to be a trend where suspects are arrested, tortured, beaten and shot.

“We have noticed an unusual pattern, especially in the vehicle theft squad.

“There is either gross complicity or, (more) likely, a culture of impunity towards the death of suspects in police custody,” the ZLHR report reads.

Comments (11)

Mbavha ngadziende hatihwiri vurombo chakambomutuma kuti aiite vunhubu chii

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 25 September 2015

Mkarangawekumberengwa, try to find a dictionary and understand the difference between suspect and covict! Afterwards you wont let out your little emotions!

jojo - 25 September 2015

These ZRP murderers have to be STOPPED! We lost count of suspects they wantonly execute in cold blood and extra judicallly. Do we have a president anymore? Honestly, such things would rarely left unpunished in the good old days incuding the days of Robert Mugabe as Prime Minister in the 1980s. We appeal to the President to urgently overhaul this so-called ZRP now!

Zanu Ropa Police - 27 September 2015

pane mutsauko pakati pe suspect ne convict, i concur JoJo

amazon - 28 September 2015

Even convicts have rights too. What percentage of our current leadership was convicted by Ian Smith and where not killed

Icho - 29 September 2015

Even convicts have rights too. What percentage of our current leadership was convicted by Ian Smith and where not killed

Icho - 29 September 2015

Even convicts have rights too. What percentage of our current leadership was convicted by Ian Smith and where not killed

Icho - 29 September 2015

Even convicts have rights too. What percentage of our current leadership was convicted by Ian Smith and where not killed

Icho - 29 September 2015

These day everything has turned upside down. Police is now the law breaker. Instead of Mugabe firing perceived political enemies, he should fire the corrupt police officers. They are on a fundraising mission. Yest a simple task of traking a fone takes more than 3 months! Dear president, your advisors now a days no longer tell you the truth. People are being harassed by police officers daily anywhere. Batsirai pliz mapurisa edu avamaHwindi

Tofahedu - 30 September 2015

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