Murdered Cop was witness in Mliswa's case

HARARE – Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF is not missing the chance to milk on the death of police Inspector Petros Mutedza who is alleged to have been murdered by assailants linked to the country's State intelligence in a plot to smear the MDC-T ahead of the 11 June SADC Summit in South Africa.

In a new development, reports say the late police inspector, Petros Mutedza, was one of the key witnesses lined up by the State to give evidence against Themba Mliswa who is facing a charge of extortion.

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Mliswa appeared before Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei yesterday for trial but another State witness, the investigation officer, who was also supposed to testify, failed to turn-up as he was reportedly attending Mutedza’s funeral.

THREATS FROM PARTY LOYALISTS

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Police officers loyal to Zanu PF have declared what they called war on unruly the MDC-T saying they will not allow anyone to disrupt the peace and stability prevailing in the country.

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This was said by Commissioner Charles Mfandaedza at a funeral parade held at Morris depot in Harare for the late Inspector Petros Mutedza.

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Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner Charles Mfandaedza, who stood in for Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri warned some political parties who are disrupting what he called the peace and order prevailing in the country that the police will decisively deal with any perpetrators of violence without fear.

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He said: “It is quite disturbing to note that opposition political parties and some civic organisations who claim to be masters of democracy and peace are today at the helm of causing violence, maiming and murdering our unsung heroes like the late Inspector Mutedza.”

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zrp- mfandaedza.jpgCommissioner Mfandaedza described the death of Inspector Mutedza as big blow to law enforcement as the late Inspector was a hardworking officer in preserving law and order.

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The late Inspector Mutedza was attested into the ZRP as a constable and excelled as the best recruit of his squad during training at Morris Depot.

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Petros Mutedza is a former Zanu PF militia from the Border Gezi training camp.

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After training he was posted to Mabelreign Police station where he worked in various sections including the Police Internal Security Intelligence.

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In 2001 he was transferred to Dzivarasekwa Police station where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant the same year. 

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Mutedza was promoted to the rank of Inspector and was transferred to Kuwadzana Police Station assuming duty as Member in Charge Crime.

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In 2009, he was transferred to Borrowdale Police station as Officer in Charge Administration.

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Meanwhile, a sombre mood engulfed Mabelreign Police Camp as workmates and relatives bade farewell to the late ZRP Officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza.

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The body of the late Inspector Mutedza has been ferried to his rural home in Mukumbura, Mt. Darwin. Burial is expected this Wednesday.

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The MDC-T has furiously denied the allegations. Obert Gutu, the MDC-T’s Harare Province Secretary for Information and Publicity, dismissed the allegations saying there was no MDC-T meeting held in Glen View on Sunday.

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“Don’t see this as an isolated incident. It’s well orchestrated, well planned. The idea is to build up a case to paint the MDC as a violent party and obviously to try to convince SADC, come June 11 in Joburg, that the MDC is not to be believed, that the MDC is the architect of violence,” Gutu said.

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On Tuesday, MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora also dismissed the police claims. He said; “We have information that the police arrived at Glen View.

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They had an altercation with members of the public drinking at Glen View Shopping Centre.” He added that it was the police who started beating up members of the public and that is when the fight started. “We have people, eye-witnesses, who can testify,” Mwonzora said.

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The police are reportedly calling for the death sentence for anyone convicted of the killing and the MDC-T say several of its members have been arrested over the police inspector’s death and concern is growing that they may face the death penalty for a crime they did not commit.

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The party argues that the police conduct is deeply flawed, and that their members are not being treated fairly by the authorities.

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“Before the police could investigate the matter, they rushed to the press and announced that it was the MDC. It then sought to arrest MDC members later. So what we are saying is that the police looked for someone to arrest and blame first, then they had to justify arrests,” Mwonzora said.

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“There is a possibility that they will be wrongly convicted,” he said. He added that the arrests made were ridiculous – in some cases up to three family members of activists were arrested from their homes and some from outside Glenview. The party says on Monday, 15 activists were arrested, and around 20 more on Tuesday.

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Lawyers were still battling to gain access to the activists, who include Last Maengahama, an MDC-T national executive member and resident of Glen View, and his three brothers, Stanley, Edison and Lazarus Maengahama; plus Odius, Lloyd and Precious Chitanda, all related to Glen View North chairperson of the party, Mrs Chitanda.

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Also picked up were Mavis Madzokere, the wife of Glen View councilor Tungamirai Madzokere, and Ollyn Madzokere, her sister-in-law. The two were picked up at their home. Stefan Takaedzwa was picked up outside the MDC-T headquarters, Harvest House.

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