Two siblings aged 6 and 11 years from Nkulumane were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital with serious injuries yesterday when a police officer, suspected to have been drunk, rammed his vehicle into a house they were sleeping in.
A drunk Police Officer lost control of his Honda Fit and rammed into this Nkulumane house seriously injuring one of the children who was sleeping.
The police officer, whose name could not established yesterday, was in the company of a colleague when the accident occurred just after midnight.
He is suspected to have lost control of the car after an empty beer bottle rolled underneath the brake pedal while he was negotiating a corner.
When The Chronicle visited the house yesterday, the walls of the room where the children were sleeping were destroyed, while the damaged property had been removed.
Michael Chibaya (11) was treated and discharged while his younger brother Josphat Chibaya, 6 was admitted to the hospital for the injuries they sustained after the accident.
Neighbours said the police officers, who are also from Nkulumane were driving a red Honda Fit and were drunk when the accident occurred.
“I heard a screeching noise outside followed by a loud bang that rattled the windows. The two children who were sleeping in the house screamed and most neighbours rushed to the house. We found the two police officers who are our neighbours trying to move the car from the rubble while the children were screaming in pain.
“We asked them what had happened and we realised that they were drunk. One of them fled the scene and we apprehended his colleague who couldn’t even run. They tried to drive the car from the scene but the doors were stuck,” said Mrs Nobuhle Ntuli.
She added that the driver of the car told them that his colleague’s wife was driving when the accident happened.
“He knew that they were in trouble. So he lied in an effort to conceal evidence that they were drinking and driving. The woman he was talking about was at home sleeping.
“The two were extremely drunk. They behaved strangely and shouted obscenities. They even fought in front of us. One of them only came back in the morning to apologise,” said Mrs Ntuli.
Another neighbour, Mr Noel Chizu said they discovered that the driver lost control of the car after one of their empty bottles rolled underneath the brake pedal.
“When the doors were opened the bottle was still stuck underneath the brakes. We’re suspecting that it’s the reason why he failed to control the car.
“We called the police and they attended the scene. It’s embarrassing for police officers to behave like this. And the painful thing is that they are our neighbours. We tried to shoot videos with our cell phones but it was very dark,” said Mr Chizu.
The cops, residents told The Chronicle, returned to the scene yesterday around 4PM with a woman that they claimed had been driving.
“We chased them away because we knew they were lying. They obviously paid the woman. We know her as she frequents night spots,” said a resident who asked not to be named.
On Tuesday four police officers, two of them in uniform, caused a stir when they threw opaque beer from their private vehicle after being involved in an accident in the Bulawayo city centre.
The officers, who appeared drunk, threw a scud and a super, popularly known as Chibuku batai munhu, in an apparent bid to conceal evidence that they were drinking.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango could not immediately comment on the latest crash involving police officers.
Recently, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Cde Obedingwa Mnguni urged members of the public to record videos of police officers violating the law. He said evidence gathered will come handy in prosecuting rogue law enforcement agents.
Makhadzi set to perform in Harare tonight
Popular South African musician, Makhadzi, real name Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona is set to perform in Harare for the first time.
Makhadzi’s performance comes a day after the government announced further relaxation of lockdown regulations allowing bars and nightclubs to re-open to vaccinated patrons only.
Makhadzi has been trending on social media in the past few days after pictures of her dark inner thighs were shared online.
A photographer shared the pictures after the Matorokisi hitmaker’s star performance in Malawi over the weekend.
She was forced to apoligise to her fans after trolls used the pictures to bully her.
Makhadzi’s performance in Harare can be expected to be lit as it will be one of the first shows after the easing of the lockdown.
On social media, hyped Zimbabwean fans could not hide their joy of finally having to witness the energetic performer live.
IZIM was not able to obtain the details of the venue of her show.
Zimbwabwe And Ghana In Double Header Swim Or Sink Battle
The warriors World Cup 2022 campaign reaches a climax this coming weekend with back to back clashes with Ghana.
Zimbabwe is playing catch up having managed only a single point in a draw against South Africa. The warriors went on to lose 1-0 to Ethiopia leaving them with 1 from a possible 6 points.
Ghana scrapped past Ethiopia in their first game in Cape Coast last month and despite collecting three points courtesy of a 1-0 triumph, football analysts in the West African country were critical of the team’s performance nonetheless.
In their second game, the Black Stars lost 1-0 to Bafana Bafana.
Interestingly, both Ghana and Zimbabwe, with new coaches Milovan Rajevac and Norman Mapeza respectively, do battle in a sink or swim double-header header next week.
The first match is on Saturday at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana, before the two sides clash at the National Sports Stadium three days later.
The question of everyone’s lips, with less than a week before battle lines drawn in Cape Coast is; can Mapeza’s Warriors get the job done and revive their World Cup qualifying campaign?
Qualification for the global showpiece has eluded this football-crazy nation for 41 years and defeats in both games next week will not even pave way for the over-used and somewhat meaningless cliché “so near and yet so far.”
These are the two games which are likely to decide whether or not qualification for the World Cup won’t be, just like for the past four decades, just a pipe-dream.
Historically though, Ghana have always had an upper-hand in the fixture, which justifies the Warriors’ underdog tag.
A well-oiled Ghana machine, on its way to the FIFA World Cup in 2006 in Germany, was stopped in its tracks by Charles Mhlauri’s Warriors at the AFCON finals in Egypt, when Cephas Chimedza and Benjani scored in a 2-1 victory. Regardless of how impressive and monumental that victory was, it is the only time in history, Zimbabwe has defeated the Black Stars.
The two sides first met in an international friendly in 1996, which ended in a 1-1 stalemate, before they met again a year later, on January 26 in AFCON qualifier, which ended goalless.
They met again in July 1997, in an AFCON qualifier, which the Black Stars triumphed at home 2-1.
Ghana thumped Zimbabwe in a AFCON qualifier in October 2000, 4-1 before beating them again at the National Sports Stadium in June 2001, 2-1.
Put simply, the Warriors have beaten Ghana only once in six meetings, that famous win at the AFCON finals in 2006, which was the last meeting between the two sides.
Jikwa Refuses To Share Cell With Other Men
Bujy Jikwa, accused of hitting Boity Thulo with a beer glass at a hotel in Waterfall, allegedly caused a scene at Midrand Police Station refusing to share a cell with male detainees.
The former Metro FM deejay Bujy Bikwa is charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm following the attack on rapper Thulo.
The police eventually put Bujy in a single cell since they could also not let him share a cell with females.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said Bikwa appeared at the Midrand Magistrate’s Court on Friday and was denied bail.
“The case was postponed to Wednesday. The accused is in custody and was charged with assault,” Mjonondwane said.
Bikwa allegedly threw a bottle of alcohol at Thulo and cut her on the face during an argument at the Courtyard Hotel while they were out with friends.
Thulo allegedly sustained serious injuries and had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance for treatment.
Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo said Thulo had opened a case at Midrand Police Station on the night of the incident.
Yesterday morning, Bikwa’s phone was answered by a woman who declined to comment.
Thulo confirmed the incident in a statement released yesterday:
It is with deep sadness to state that I was indeed an unfortunate victim of a vicious assault and that I have since opened a case against the culprit, which I am following with keen interest. I do not wish to comment on this matter any further. I respectfully request some space as I try to find a way to heal both physically and emotionally from this traumatic experience. I have faith in our criminal justice system and implore everyone to stand firmly against gender-based violence.
“They were busy drinking and talking about sangomas and ancestors before an argument started. I am not sure who started it, but they were screaming at each other and swearing before they started fighting,” one eyewitness said.
Another said: “Bujy really beat that girl up badly … Boity was wearing a white shirt and her shirt was red with blood stains. Her face was also bad.”