City authorities on Thursday (22nd February) banned minibuses from using pick-up points in central Harare in other to tackle traffic congestion, this decision angered both drivers and passengers. The ban was reversed within hours by the government, but police had already been deployed to implement it.
It was then later announced by the police commissioner general Godwin Matanga who made the following statement to journalists.
“I wish to announce the death of two people in a very unfortunate and regrettable incident on 22 February. As the (unbanning) directive was given, the police and other security agencies were still in the middle of the operation enforcing the ban and unaware of the cancellation. Police officers fired shots that unfortunately killed two people and injured four others”
The Commissioner also added ” three of our police officers were seriously injured and three police cars were badly damaged in violent clashes that followed the shooting.”