Murder Suspect Axes Investigating Officers
11 September 2021
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By A Correspondent- Twp police officers who were investigating a murder case in Mudzi were left injured after the suspect, Steven Nyakarenda, attacked them with an axe and stones before he fled.

The officers had received information that Nyakarenda (37) had killed his two-year-old son in Mudzi. They responded to the report and proceeded to his home to investigate. Allegations are that when the two officers arrived at his house and asked him to accompany them to Nyamapanda police station for further questioning, Nyakarenda rushed into his house and came out with an axe and a stone he used to attack them, injuring them instantly.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the attack and reminded the public that it was a serious offence to attack officers while they are carrying out their duties. He said the Zimbabwe Republic Police was concerned with the conduct of some criminals who were resorting to attacking police officers while in the process of effecting arrests.

“In this regard, the police will brook no nonsense in dealing with such criminals who attack police officers,” said Asst Comm Nyathi. “The public is reminded that according to the country’s laws, attacking police officers whilst they are performing 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 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 hut and came back armed with an axe. He picked a stone and struck Constable Shiri on the head.” Asst Comm Nyathi said 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,” he said. “Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact any nearest police station or national complaints desk.