War on kombis erupts after cop abducted
HARARE – A war against transport operators erupted on Wednesday after municipal police officers targeted kombi operators in retaliation at the kidnapping of a fellow officer.
The unfortunate cop is nursing injuries at Parirenyatwa Hospital after he was kidnapped, attacked and left for dead by kombi drivers and conductors who were resisting arrest. His name could however, not be ascertained.
In retaliation, municipal cops spent the better part of the day throwing spikes and towing away commuter omnibuses plying the Mabvuku-Tafara route. Three drivers sprinted and left their buses unattended.
“We are going to be on them until they reveal the people who attacked and kidnapped one of our municipal police officers,” one of the municipal police officers said.
“They will learn to respect law enforcement agents, even female officers rather than attacking them like what they did today,” added the officer.
Municipal cops could be seen along Robert Mugabe Road and Robson Manyika Avenue beefing up their entourage. The Zimbabwe Republic Police had to provide back up and several arrests were made.
In an interview City of Harare spokesperson Leslie Gwindi said he was yet to receive the report of the kidnapping but declared that all commuter omnibuses breaking the law will face the music.
“We are still to receive the report but let me reiterate that our police officers will continue descending on all commuter operates failing to comply with the law,” said Gwindi.
“If there are any operators resisting arrest and fighting our police officers that is totally unacceptable and we will remain firm against such laws of the jungle that they want to show.
“Those taking the law into their own hands will live to regret for we are going to track the perpetrators who kidnapped the police officer and bring them to book,” added Gwindi.