Soldier murdered in Chivhu, another left in critical condition

Nyasha Musambasi

Chivhu- Chivhu residents were left awe on Saturday afternoon after two soldiers were shot by two unknown people at ZRP police base at Chicken inn in Chivhu town.

The two soldiers, Coporal Lorance Mupanganyama (30) and Coporal Peter Zvirevo both from  ZNA 21 Reserve Force, Mount, Darwin were shot by two unknown male adults.

The Mirror was told that Coporal Mupanganyama was pronounced dead upon arrival at Chivhu Hospital whilst Coporal Zvirevo was later transfered to Parirenyatwa Hospital since he was in critical condition.

The deceased Coporal Mupanganyama was found with a gun shot wound on the nose which perforated through his head, a gun shot wound on the left palm, and a gun shot wound which glazed on the chest.

Coporal Zvirevo was found with 3 gun shot wounds on the back, 2 gun shot wounds on the left hand, and 1 gun shot wound on the abdomen.

The murder case was reported under Chivhu RRB 4221997.

According to The Mirror’s research, it is alleged that on 05 September 2020 and at around 0800 hours Constable Madzvamuse, Constable Lunzwe, Constable Chiorera, Coporal Mupanganyama and Coporal Zvirevo were deployed in Chivhu Central Business District to conduct foot patrols.

Coporal Mupanganyama was armed with an AK rifle serial number ZA 52410 with a fully loaded magazine of 30 rounds and a reserve magazine loaded with 30 rounds while Coporal Zvirevo was armed with an AK rifle serial number ZA 49103 with a fully loaded magazine of 30 rounds and a reserve magazine loaded with 30 rounds.

On the same date and at around 1445 hours the 6 members proceeded to Chicken Inn Police Base on surveillance.

The was told that, during the course of the surveillance, one unknown male adult who was wearing a green covid 19 face mask, a black bomber jacket, tattered blue jean trousers and black safety shoes, approached the  now deceased and signaled him to meet him outside the Police base and he complied.

The  now deceased after learning that the accused had told him that he is an ex- member in the ZNA and not his superior as he anticipated, was angered and went back into the police base where other members were.

The purported ex-member followed the deceased in the Police base talking to the deceased on top of his voice. All of a sudden the other accused approached at the entrance of the Police base without saying anything he produced a corked pistol and started firing directly at the two army members. After sensing danger the female police officers took cover under the visitors’ bench.

The 2 accused persons automatically disarmed the 2 soldiers and took away the 2 AK rifles and 4 fully charged magazines loaded with 30 rounds each. The 2 accused got out of the police base and showed off strength by pointing the rifles in the air and people started running in different directions for their safety.

The Mirror was also told that the accused persons ran away on a nearby bush in the eastern direction of the Police base and went away to an unknown destination.

The police officers at the police base sought assistance from members of the public who ferried the two army details to Chivhu General Hospital where Lance Coporal Mupanganyama was pronounced dead, The Mirror can confirm this.

Scene was attended by both C.I.D Chivhu and ZRP Chivhu who made the following observations;

There were 12 × 9mm spent cartridges and 2 bullet heads inside the police base and blood stains on the floor.

Investigations are still underway to arrest the two accused persons.

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