A POLICE officer left vendors and passersby in stitches when he ran for his dear life after a man accused him of allegedly instigating his arrest last year and pummelled the law enforcer all over the body.
Gratitude Muritika (25) was walking along 6th Avenue heading to Ross Camp when his accuser Prince Siziba (23) spotted him when he was about to cross Herbert Chitepo Street.
The fuming Siziba rushed to him and pushed him. When Gratitude was trying to figure out what was happening Siziba hit him with an open hand while accusing him of instigating his arrest some time last year.
Touts and vendors gathered around the pair while some people whistled at the spectacle. Being spurred on by the crowd Siziba landed a fist on the hapless police officer while the agitated crowd cheered on.
Gratitude managed to escape from Siziba’s volleys and ran for his dear life while holding his hat in his hand. Siziba followed in hot pursuit. Gratitude exhibited his athletic skills as he outpaced him and ran to Mzilikazi Police Station.
He made a report of assault at the station leading to the arrest of Siziba.
Appearing before Bulawayo magistrate Amanda Ndlovu facing an assault charge, Siziba pleaded guilty.
Siziba took to the stand: “ Your Worship, I’m sorry, I was too drunk on that particular day and I can’t clearly remember how I beat this police officer. Kindly forgive me I’m the bread winner, if I go to jail my siblings will suffer.”
The magistrate remanded him out of custody to next week on Tuesday for sentencing.