By Panashe Makufa
Harare – Harare City Council Police officers have been bruised by members of the public after failing to escape in a controversy involving street vendors this afternoon .
The Council officers in their routine of clearing vendors in the city took a certain lady’s wares as she was selling along Bank Street and threw them into a truck.
Out of anger the woman took her baby and put the baby into the truck arguing that she no longer had anything in her hands to take care of the baby with since her only source of income had been confiscated.
According to an eye witness who preferred to remain anonymous, the municipal officers who were in the truck threw the baby off the truck onto the tarred road and the baby died instantly.
The woman jumped into the truck and she was also thrown onto the ground.
That heartless act irked members of the public who advanced towards the ruthless officers seeking to administer instant justice.
Smelling danger the officers couldn’t risk enjoying the comfort of the truck while outrageous crowds were not retreating in their determination to mete justice.
Immediately the officers awakened to the fact that Chicken Inn outlets were not only there to sell eats but also to provide refuge to Council officials.
They entered the Chicken Inn Shop (corner Chinhoyi and Bank Street) without permission and immediately the shop managers ordered the shop to be closed.
That did not deter the members of the public who continued to hover like bees around the shop hitting the gates asking for the release of the municipal workers into their hands.
Security guards had to come with tear gas and dogs to disperse the members of the public who continued to make noise making their demands unabated.
Finally the ZRP officers came and took the accused officer to the charge office.
Everyday there is a scene in the streets of Harare with numerous cases where commuter omnibus drivers hit pedestrians as they run away from council officers who many say are also making a living out of bribes.
Until authorities address this issue once and for all, walking in the streets of Harare will continue to be risky as lives are being lost and innocent people maimed.