MURRA Resident Reporter.
The province’s biggest residents representative body, Masvingo United Residents and Rate Payers Association (MURRA) on Monday welcomed the sentencing of city council killer cop to one year in jail.
The resident’s body in a statement said the passing of an effective 12 months jail sentence to Jacob Mugova Mutero (58) who crushed its member, Sinikiwe Mutezo’s three month old baby girl to death was fair.
“We would like to welcome the magistrate’s judgment. It was a fair judgment and sends a clear message to city council cops and other employees that no one has the right to take life,” read part of the statement.
The Baby killer municipal cop crushed to death Politie Mutezo while she was lying beside her mom’s vegetable stall during a crackdown on informal traders who sell their wares at undesignated points.
File Pic...Police holding crushed baby
Masvingo Magistrate, Oliver Mudzongachiso slapped Mutero with an effective one year jail after convicting him of culpable homicide and condemned him for negligence driving.
Mudzongachiso lambasted Mutero for taking the law in his hands by deliberately smashing vendors’ vegetables when the by-laws implore them to confiscate until the vendors pay a fine.
Mutero crushed the baby, Polite’s head and died on the spot while he was driving a council vehicle at high speed attempting to smash her mom’s vegetables.
The fateful incident sparked riots and protests by angry residents who eventually set alight the council vehicle he was driving.
A commuter omnibus which was parked nearby was caught in cross fire and set ablaze.
MURRA however hailed Mudzongachiso for being firm and sending the baby killer municipal cop to the galores.
“While we hail the magistrate for being firm and setting an example to rancorous council workers who are in the habit of abusing residents who sell their wares for a living, we call upon the judiciary to give stiffer sentences to such people who cause the loss of lives of innocent residents,” MURRA said.Local