Human life is sacred

HARARE - A sad incident occurred in Harare’s central business district (CBD) on Wednesday morning when a motorist gunned down a “parking marshal”.

A lot of versions of the story started circulating on social media but later in the day, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) issued a statement clarifying the incident.

According to the police statement, the 24-year-old man parked his vehicle along Angwa Street and left his sisters in the vehicle.

After a few minutes, a group of five “parking marshals” approached the vehicle occupants and demanded payment for parking.

The women then called the owner of the car to return and solve the matter with the group.

When the man returned to his car, all hell broke loose as an altercation with the “parking marshals” ensued.

At some point during the melee, the owner of the car pulled out a gun and shot one of the “parking marshals” in the head at point blank range.

The victim died instantly from the gunshot wound which sparked chaos in the CBD as a mob then attacked the driver.

His Subaru Touring Wagon was torched by angry citizens while some shops had their windows pelted by stones before the police finally intervened to quell the situation.

The sad reality in this whole episode is the fact that a 40-year-old, who was probably a breadwinner, is no more while a 24-year-old’s entire life has been totally turned upside-down.

Life is a precious commodity which should be treasured at all costs.

“Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value,” prominent anti-apartheid cleric Desmond Tutu of South Africa once said.

There is need for tolerance and understanding if Zimbabwe is to move and develop as a nation.

Wednesday’s incident could have been avoided if both parties had exercised restraint.

However, they allowed testosterone to fuel their actions without first thinking of what consequences were in store.

The official parking fees in the CBD are $1 for an hour while the self-imposed marshals charge at least $0,50.

This basically means two lives have been greatly affected over a disagreement for a little amount of not more than $1.

Dialogue should be the only option in such instances but unfortunately, all the parties involved in Wednesday’s incident chose otherwise.

This should be a lesson to all Zimbabweans to desist from using violence in solving disputes.

Comments (6)

Well done Daily News for competently evaluating the issue very well. Before reading your article I had not realised that lives were destroyed over between 50c and $1. Forgoing ego can save a lot for us in life.

Readers - 12 October 2018

This is a result of the impunity culture and terrorism that ZANU(PF) forced on Zimbabweans when they lost popularity.

Ropa Panyadzonya - 12 October 2018

very unfortunate. sadly life lost for $1 or less. one wonders where we are really going. God forbid.

lovemore matande - 13 October 2018

?where did the 24 year old got the gun?

KUDZANAYI BLACK - 13 October 2018

What a biased article, this man acted in self-defense, and he would not have been arrested in other judicial systems. He even fired 3 warning shots in the air while been chased and getting stoned, these men burnt his car and attacked him because they saw a ZANU-PF, ED brand on his car,they even assaulted his sister. I would not have acted any different (I would not even fired 3 warning shots), he saved his life, these thugs were after his life-his health and life were under immediate threat. The mentality that the man who carries the gun is the criminal is just pathetic-the dead guy is not innocent just because he is now dead-he is still a thug and deserved to die. YES-HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED-THAT IS WHY HE SHOT AND KILLED THE THUGS(S) WHO WERE ATTACKING HIM, TO SAVE HIS OWN LIFE. Zimbabwe wake up...!

Chokwadi - 14 October 2018

Where do these "rank marshalls" get the balls to collect money from drivers? I don't use their services and find them very obnoxious. I prefer to pay the $1, it saves a lot of problems.

Sagitarr - 14 October 2018

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