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Murder suspect attacks police officers on duty

Assistant Inspector Paul Nyathi

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has expressed concern over the attack of officers in line of duty.

ZRP Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi has since warned criminals who attack officers saying such acts will not be tolerated.


The Zimbabwe Republic Police is concerned with the conduct of some criminals who are now resorting to attacking police officers while in the process of effecting arrests in the country. In this regard, the Police will brook no nonsense in dealing with such criminals who attack police officers. The public is reminded that according to the country’s laws attacking police officers whilst there are perfoming constitutional responsibilities is punishable with imprisonment once one is taken to court. The recent attack on two police officers by a murder suspect, Steven Nyakarenda (37) on 2 September 2021 in Mudzi will be fully investigated. Police in Nyamapanda received information that the suspect had killed his two year old son at Mafuta Village, Mudzi. A team of police officers reacted and went to Steven Nyakarenda’s homestead to investigate the matter. On arrival, the team informed the suspect of the allegations and told him to accompany them to Nyamapanda Police Station for further inquiries. The suspect then went inside his but and came back armed with an axe. He picked a stone and struck Constable Shiri on the head. The suspect went on to strike Assistant Inspector Kugotsi with an axe on the head and shoulder before fleeing from the scene. He is currently on the run.

The ZRP also said anyone with information can approach any police station.

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