Relatives of a 22-year-old man have demanded that police thoroughly investigate Chief Musarurwa for shooting him at point-blank range, amid fears there is an attempt to downplay the case in a move that risks sparking a new scandal for the law enforcement agency.
The man, who was only identified by his surname Majongwe, suffered a serious gunshot wound in the chest from the shooting and is being treated in the Chivhu General Hospital’s intensive care unit where his condition is deteriorating, relatives told the Daily News yesterday.
“He is battling for life at Chivhu General Hospital after being shot in the chest by the degenerate traditional leader,” a fuming close relative told the Daily News.
Police national spokesperson Charity Charamba told the Daily News in a telephone interview yesterday that police had concluded that the shooting was accidental.
“Yes, I can confirm that, but it was an accidental shooting,” she said, and declined to give further details.
Chief Musarurwa could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Although details of the shooting were still sketchy at the time of going to print last night, reports are that Musarurwa, whose real name is Enos Musakwa, allegedly opened fire at the man at point-blank range in the tiny farming town on Tuesday last week after an unspecified altercation.
He is also said to have lost a lot of blood following the shooting, which left him unconscious.
Close relatives who declined to be named for fear of victimisation also said they feared for their lives.