Relatives and friends have expressed shock at the death of Inspector Petros Mutedza of the ZRP who was murdered by suspected MDC-T hooligans in Harareâ€™s Glenview suburb on Sunday afternoon.
A somber atmosphere engulfed the Mutedza home at Mabelreign Police Camp in Harare as friends, relatives and colleagues came to pay their last respects to the late Inspector Mutedza.
Inspector Mutedza was brutally murdered by rowdy youths suspected to belong to the MDC-T on Sunday afternoon at Glen View 3 shops before being pronounced dead on arrival at Harare Central Hospital.His siblings Eunice and Tichaona who were still in a state of shock said they will deeply miss their brother who was a pillar of strength within the family and urged the police to ensure that the murderers are brought to book.
â€œWe are still in a state of shock and up to now it is still hard to believe that Petros is gone in such a brutal wayâ€¦.. we are however hopeful that the perpetrators will be arrested,â€ said Eunice.
Neighbours of the late Inspector Mutedza urged the police to take stern action against misguided elements in society who want to undermine the role of the police.
â€œThe people who did this are heartless and we hope that the responsible authorities will find the culprits,â€ one of them said.
The late Inspector Mutedza lives behind his wife, Joyce Minizhu and three children Nesbert, Nokuthula and Ngonidzaishe.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
Meanwhile, Police have picked-up 15 suspected MDC-T hooligans in connection with the murder of Inspector Mutedza.
Speaking to ZBC News in the capital, Police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri confirmed the arrests and said investigations are continuing.
Superintendent Phiri warned other would be hooligans against instituting violence on law enforcement agents saying the law will heavily descend on them.
In a related development, political analysts say if authorities do not move swiftly to address the matter, the western-sponsored movement (MDC-T) could create an anarchical state with no rule of law.
While condemning the violence which resulted in the murder of Inspector Mutedza, Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa noted that Zimbabwe risks descending into total chaos and anarchy if it does not deal decisively with the MDC-T supporters who seem to derive pleasure from attacking state institutions.
Another political analyst, Mr. Goodson Nguni who recently launched a special magazine documenting issues of violence perpetrated by the MDC-T since its formation, says the party has no agenda which can be pushed successfully if it departs from its tradition of violence.
The latest wave of violence took place in Harareâ€™s Glen View 3 over the weekend when MDC-T members attacked and killed a policeman who was part of a contingent deployed to stop an unsanctioned meeting in Harare.
Last week MDC-T leader, Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai admitted that his party has violent elements amid calls by observers for law enforcement agents to deal with perpetrators of violence in face of the admissions.
The partyâ€™s National Organising Secretary, Mr. Nelson Chamisa also made similar admissions at a press briefing at the partyâ€™s headquarters in Harare.
While the partyâ€™s leadership has sought to portray the MDC-T as victims rather than perpetrators of violence, events at hand point otherwise.
Documented incidents from the recently launched magazine, Movement for Democratic Change and the Culture of Violence shows that it is not the first time that police have been on the receiving end of MDC-T supportersâ€™ violence.
In 2007, Marimba Park Police Station was petrol bombed resulting in Constables Busani Moyo and Pretty Mushonga sustaining major facial burns.
On April 14, 2009, a ZUPCO bus was petrol bombed with another petrol bombing act taking place at Mbareâ€™s Siyaso market where traders suspected to be Zanu PF supporters were targeted.
In January 2011, Assistant Inspector Shadreck Mudzimba was assaulted by about 200 MDC-T activists while attending a meeting at Rambai Makashinga Housing Cooperative in Budiriro Five.
Again in May this year, a Zimbabwe National Army member, Kingstone Magwenya was murdered by four MDC-T activists in Chitungwiza.
Scores of other people were left injured and hospitalised as intra-party violence took centre stage in the run up to the partyâ€™s congress in Bulawayo.
A report by the Zimbabwe Republic Police has shown that the party is responsible for most of the violence in the country.
About two weeks ago, the MDC-T youth leadership announced that they would unleash violence.
Analysts say it is just but unfortunate that the victim of that pledge is police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza, who was only executing his duties.