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Boy (14) among machete gang members arrested for Kadoma cop murder

By Staff Reporter

POLICE have confirmed the arrest of a 14-year-old boy and two other teenagers, aged 18, on suspicions of being among the notorious machete wielding gang that attacked and killed a police officer in Battlefields, Kadoma last month.

The minor was identified as Munashe Mukute while his 18-year-old accomplices were given as Lyton Panashe Tshuma and Tonderai Musasa.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police has arrested Tonderai Musasa (18), Richwell Tshuma (26), Bornlight Mukute (20), Paul Demo (27), Taurai Munetsi (31) and a minor aged 14 in connection with the murder of Cst Hokoyo by machete wielding gangs in Battlefields, Kadoma recently,” police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said in a statement Monday.

“The latest arrest brings the total arrests to nine following that of Munyaradzi Chari (43), Lyton Panashe Tshuma (18) and Obvious Mawire (21).”

The 14-year-old, according to Nyathi, will be interviewed in the presence of his parents, lawyer and probation officer.

The slain police officer was among his colleagues who had been deployed 29 December at Good Hope Mine, Brompton and Battlefields where there was a gold rush by illegal panners.

Nyathi said Tshuma and Mawire were already on the police wanted persons list for murder cases.

They allegedly committed the heinous crime at Runwell Business Centre on 31 January 2018 using a machete.

Demo and Munetsi are said to have been hiding after the commission of the offence and were arrested after detectives from CID Kadoma got a tip-off and raided their homes in Ascot, Gweru.

They are said to have resisted arrest while attempting to escape.

Demo was shot twice on the left knee and ankle while Munesti was shot slightly below the left knee.

The two are currently admitted at Kadoma general hospital under police guard and in a stable condition.

They were set to appear in court this Monday.

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