(Last Updated on August 10, 2012 by Editor)
Speaking at a passout parade in Harare, CommGen Chihuri said the incident was uncalled for and far exceeded the call of duty by police officers.
“Discipline was ignored and hooliganism took centre stage. We regret it and the law will take its course.
“Such an act or similar acts should never be repeated and should they do, the law shall be applied fully and squarely,” he said.
CommGen Chihuri sent a condolence message to the late Luxmore Chivambo’s family.
“On behalf of the organisation and on my own behalf, I pay our deepest condolences and our heartfelt sympathies to the widow of the late Luxmore Chivambo, the Chivambo family, the Shamva community and the nation at large on the murder of Luxmore Chivambo and the victims of assaults by some of our own,” he said.
On Monday, Shamva Police Station officerincharge Inspector Aspias Shumba and six other policemen appeared at the Harare Magistrates court facing murder and assault charges.
Shumba and his accomplices Motion Jakopo (41), Simon Mafunda (32), Michael Makwalo (30), Lee Makope (23), Benedict Tapfuma (22) and Blessing Saidi (26) are accused of murdering Chivambo and injuring 11 others.
The other victim, Shepherd Hudye, was still admitted at Shashi Hospital in Bindura while the remaining 10 were treated and discharged.
It is alleged Shumba’s wife, Judith, was robbed of a purse containing US$100 and a mobile phone.
She allegedly reported the theft to Shumba who mobilised his subordinates to investigate the matter.
They reportedly rounded up residents of Ashley compound and assaulted them demanding to know who had stolen Judith’s cash and cell phone.
The seven appeared before Mr Donald Ndirowei who remanded them in custody to April 13.