Family of man killed by police in Silobela plan to sue



The Zimbabwe lawyers for Human Rights have notified the Zimbabwe Republic Police that they will be suing them for killing a Silobela man Bhekani Moyo sometime on 15 March 2020.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) is acting on behalf of the family Bhekani Moyo of Bambanani village in Silobela Midlands province.

Bhekani Moyo was shot and killed by uniformed police officers on 15 March 2020.

Reports say that the incident happened at Cross Roads on Sunday morning when the police officers raided Moffat Moyo’s homestead looking for his now late son, Bhekani Moyo (20), in connection with a case of assault.

The police officers raided the homestead at dawn and found Bhekani asleep with his brother.

They (police) woke him up.

Bhekani is said to have pulled out but started moving backwards prompting one of the details to open fire at Bhekani’s.

The bullet landed in his chest and he died on the spot.

The details did not fire any warning shots.

Moyo yesterday confirmed the incident to the publication, saying his son had done nothing to deserve such a painful death.

“They came to my homestead early Sunday morning saying they were looking for Bhekani.

“They did not disclose the offence they wanted him for”,

“Bhekani tried to move backwards and one of the police officers shot him and he died on the spot”,

“When I questioned them about their actions, the officers also pointed the gun at me and my other son”,

“My son didn’t deserve to die like that, he had committed no crime,” he said.

Silobela house of assembly representative Ntokozisi Manoki Mpofu (ZANU PF) said the incident was unfortunate adding that the police acted without restraint cruelly ending the life of a suspect.

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