Tragedy as council, kombis feud rages on

ELEVEN people were injured, three of them seriously, when a commuter omnibus overturned after overzealous municipal police officers threw spikes at it while travelling into the city centre.

REPORT BY OUR STAFF

Some of the injured passengers were ferried to Parirenyatwa hospital. The incident occurred along Harare Street, metres away from Market Square bus terminus.

A crowd which gathered at the scene immediately meted out instant justice on one of the municipal policemen. A police officer attending the scene said the driver was attempting to evade the municipal officer.

“He had to be swiftly whisked away to save his life, as the public became enraged. They were baying for his blood,” said the officer who refused to identify himself.

A witness who only identified himself as Moyo blamed the municipal police officers for the accident. He said due to “overexcitement”, the officers threw spikes at the commuter omnibus thereby endangering the lives of many passengers.

Contacted for comment, council spokesperson Leslie Gwindi said commuter omnibuses were no longer allowed in the central business district.

He refuted allegations that overzealous municipal police officers carelessly threw spikes at commuter omnibuses.

“Look, that [throwing of spikes] happens under exceptional circumstances. When the driver is told to stop then he must do so. If he doesn’t stop what do you expect the officer to do?” he asked.

Gwindi instead accused some commuter omnibus drivers of abducting police officers and passengers.

Asked to comment on the dangers posed to the commuting public, he insisted that passengers should instead “turn on the driver for refusing to stop when told to do so by a municipal policeman’.

The incident was only a snapshot of the spate of daily confrontations between the council and commuter omnibus drivers.

In 2010, eight people were injured after a pair of municipal officers threw a spike in front of a moving commuter omnibus in a bid to stop it after accusing the driver of flouting the city’s parking by-laws.

The commuter omnibus then overturned and crashed into another vehicle at Corner Julius Nyerere and Robert Mugabe in the central business district. The two municipal police officers fled the scene after noticing the damage they had caused.

18 Responses to Tragedy as council, kombis feud rages on

  1. mabasa April 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    handisati ndamboona matakanana arikuitwa nemapurisa ekanzuru,VaGwindi,mirai pachokwadi.Hondo iripamusoro pevemakombi inyaya inobata vanofamba nemakombi,muchaurayisa vanhu.

  2. G.M.D Tassy April 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Its a shame when somebody like Gwindi denies the shortcomings of these municipality police who don’t respect human life.Top on their agenda is 2 achieve their objectives evn if it means innocent pple getting hurt worse still dying

  3. Razorman April 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Kana kamwana kasina mazino hakarutse kudaro saGwindi.wakambokwira kombi here iwewe unotaura kuti dai vakamuudza kuti amire?kana munhu achitiza hondo haateerere kana anizvake.wakatowanzira mapassengers instead to show sympathy.Go to helll you Devils angel.

  4. baba tendai April 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    They are a bunch of idiots uneducated and untrained.they are confused and should go kuno gadha ma park chete

  5. Inini April 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Nhai Lesly uyu ndewebato ripi ndovanhu vari kuchemera security sector reforms ivava???? ticket racho nderemarii rinoita kuti muuraye vanhu muchida kubata driver wekombi ko mbavha dziri kuba madiamonds

  6. Mukanya April 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Mob justice is the way to go. It’s the language they seem to understand

  7. mldchiko April 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Clearly Gwindi is an insensitive man who is echoing the views of the cohort of leaders running the affairs if the council. Instead he should be apologising for the injuries that the commuters have had to endure.
    the other issue that baffles me is the preoccupation of the authorities in banning minibuses from entering the city centre. The point they seem to miss is that these minibuses are providing an essential service of moving commuters from one point to the other and are a far more efficient way of moving people around and out of town. The authorities mischievously think that minibuses are in inconvenience in town. What they should be looking at is in fact banning small private, single occupancy cars from entering the city center since they are only moving a person or two whilst congesting the roads. it should be public vehicles that should actually be allowed to traverse town. Where is the logic of banning minibuses and allowing single occupant cars into town. I thinks that is totally stupid. The other thing is that there is more that needs to be done to bring sanity to the way minibuses drive and conduct their business but its not logical to spike vehicles carrying passengers in an attempt to stop a driver illegally picking up passengers. How do you justify the risk of injury and fatalities. it just shows the naivety of our leaders and people.

    • Gutter Poet April 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Why dont we try what the chinese and others’ way of allowing even numbers and odd numbers to access the city on different days? Our roads were never meant for this many cars.

  8. lesley imboko April 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    instant justice z e only solution 2 thoz bloody officers,2 hell w lesley

  9. nyongolo April 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    who is this handpicked gwindi?whose interest dz he servs?do the president of the state aware of council’s overzealous?wr iz chombo bzy firing mayorz of other towns?pliz dil wth thisone now

  10. gari April 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    if/wen the driver is stopped & he decides 2 disobey a lawful order, th pasengers should just persuade him 2 stop coz it’l reach 2 such an extent. These drivers are the ones forcing police officers 2 react by throwin spikes. The spikes wer made 4 that… It’s only unfortunate that it’s the pasenger who gets hurt. So pasengers dont cheer-up as these drivers run away from th police…

    • grayi sekuru wa Tina April 23, 2013 at 5:50 am #

      Gari Kkkk. Iwe combis are not a danger to such an extent that you have to throw spikes. Those are for use when there is a robbery or a car chase where there is endangerment. To the public. In this case there was no threat whatsoever to the public besides that the municipal police was the one putting the lives of people at risk. Any sane person would not have town spikes at a commuter omnibus. But anyway what do you expect when you have ma boader gezi for municipal security officers. Kudeura ropa ndiko kumunda kwavo.

  11. john April 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Gwindi is zanu of. He is one of chombo’s boys forced into the posy shaping the wishes of people

  12. Asylum April 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I’m not against the use of spikes bt some Municipal police are jst throwing spikes even if no attempt has bn made 2 stop that kombi. The issue of human life need 2 b considered as well.

  13. Manyoka April 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    We, the Police, will take over all the ranks & convert them into our flea markets &parking space for our pirate taxis for flea market tenants like we did at Charge Office former Zengeza 4 rank. We are in competition with municipal police for cash from fines & we will make sure kombis charging normal fares are prevented from picking up stranded,overcharged workers. Only overcharging kombis must be allowed to gridlock the ranks & block kombis charging correct fares from entering the ranks & any kombis charging correct fares found helping stranded passengers by loading outside the ranks will be spiked by municipal police causing death or injury. We are doing this so that we can raise cash for elections since we were told to scale down our tollgate roadblocks. Biti told us cash will now be raised from fuel instead of our tollgate roadblocks. We are not here to protect you from overcharging kombis. Tell your employers to tell the RBZ to print more US$ so that you get a salary increment to pay your inflated fares.

  14. Tatenda boka April 21, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    and to think Gwindi wants to run Zimbabwean football! he has no respect for human life, no sympathy nor empathy…what kind of Public Relations person says such words…

  15. Ndaneta April 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    The Mayor must resign for being part of this police “glitsy”. It is all about money, money, money and nothing else. This is not the first such incident. We cannot and should not point at the municipal policeman. We must look at the person who is giving him revenue targets, approving strategies such as spiking. Surely someone authorised the procurement of these spikes and their deployment in the City. The Mayor as an acclaimed lawyer should no better. His immediate resignation is what the ratepayers want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. concerned April 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Nothing like tHat I am really hurt people dying and injured just because they want to raise funds that will neither benefit the state nor builT the roads. .

    I sacrifice HERE ? Yi sacrifice NA ? Is it a sacrifice ?

    Please be clear !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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