By Shingirai Vambe
Parliament was last week informed that Mutasa man was shot dead by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife rangers along Troutbeck road in Nyanga.
The incident happened on the midnight of June 9 2023 and Nyanga Police is handling the matter.
Mutasa Central Legislator, Trevor Saruwaka last week stood on a point of national interest where he broke the news of the devastating news of the death of Ashib Manhiri (31) of Mutasa Central.
According to report and information that the Post On Sunday Newspaper has in possession, Manhiri’s car back screen window was shot by rangers and the bullet proceeded to hit the driver’s head rest and escaped through the lower jaw.
It is alleged that he immediately lost control of the vehicle and it overturned down the hill and his dead body was recovered in the wreck.
“The whole community was disturbed by the incident. You know very well that according to our Constitution, Chapter 4 speaks about the rights of the people. The first right is the right to life. The death of Mr. Manhiri who was shot by Government guards is very painful to all of us. Madam Speaker, you know that we have death sentence in our Constitution but it is stipulated in Section 48 (2) that this can only be applied if someone kills a person through aggravated circumstances or conditions. Up to now, we are yet to hear the reason why the National Parks guards decided to shoot and kill Mr. Manhiri,” said Saruwaka
“I urge you through this House to make sure that the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, when the matter of the late Manhiri who was killed by National Parks guards is before the courts, it must be set as an example that we uphold the rights of the people of Zimbabwe. We did not expect this incident to happen in our family. This shows that those officers who use guns during their duties are not well informed and are not aware of the Constitution that they are infringing on people’s rights. He was a family man who has left behind a wife and two kids,” Added the legislator.
Efforts to get a comment and response from the ZIMPARKS Communications Officer Tinashe Farawo, were fruitless.