The Government has commented on the incident where one of President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s escort outriders was captured on video bashing a motorist who had not parked properly as the motorcade passed by.
In a video that went viral on Wednesday, one of the policeman from the escort team which is part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s security detail disembarked from his motorcycle to deliver swift and brutal justice on the offending motorist by hanging his head against the dashboard of his own car.
Permanent Secretary in the ministry of information, Nick Mangwana, has played down the incident.
“I have not seen a video of being assaulted but I did see a video of a scuffle I am sure it’s somewhere close to Munhumutapa (Mnangagwa’s office),” he said.
“It shows there is an altercation. That vehicle obstructed the motorcade, that is the report I got. There is another one of a Mercedes Benz that tried to side-swipe the motorcade and the assailant’s car lost a mirror.”
Mangwana said Thursday that government remains acutely aware of the dangers that continue to dog Mnangagwa since his rise to power in November 2017.
“You will remember that there was an attempt on the President’s life in June last year, so we cannot take his security for granted. Nobody has been arrested over that issue and we urge citizens to respect the motorcade as is required by law and the Highway Code is very clear on this,” said Mangwana warning there are consequences for errant behaviour.
Two of Mnangagwa’s security aides were killed after a bomb blast ripped through White City Stadium in Bulawayo, during political campaigns ahead of the general elections last year.
Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s wife Mary, were among those left nursing injuries after the attack.
Mangwana added: “Citizens are encouraged not to obstruct the motorcade, as we all know the President is protected for a reason. Not doing so would mean endangering other citizens, other citizens and commuters who are going about their business when people try to avoid colliding…”
The government spokesperson said presidential outriders are mostly in danger.
“When sirens and blue lights are on, people are supposed to give the motorcade preference to pass through. The outriders are always in danger and it is the responsibility of citizens to park and allow them to pass.
“Otherwise we are endangering the principal (President) and the escorting team,” said Mangwana.
Several presidential outriders have been killed in the past due to negligence by ordinary motorists who have ignored the sirens.
Mangwana’s statement follows a video circulating on social media showing a member of the president’s security crushing a motorist’s car window and apparently beating up the driver in the process.
A woman who recorded the video is heard telling her colleague that the motorist did nothing wrong, while the other voice insists that he wouldn’t be beaten if he had done nothing wrong.
She concludes by remarking that she does not like President Mnangagwa’s administration.