I am afraid of Mtetwa: Police Detective tells Court

State witness, Detective Ngatirwe Mamiza, today revealed in court that he is afraid of human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, after the latter allegedly showed violent conduct during her arrest.


Mamiza made the revelation during the ongoing trial of Mtetwa in a case in which she is being charged for obstructing the course of justice.

He said Mtetwa’s behavior had terrified him to an extent that “even today, I am still afraid of the accused”.

Mtetwa was arrested on March 17 for allegedly obstructing the police from conducting a search at the house of an aide to the then Prime Minster, Morgan Tsvangirai as well as the former premier’s private offices in Avondale.

The police were acting on a tip off that four MDC-T officials; Thabani Mpofu, Warship Dumba, Felix Matsinde and Mehluli Tshuma were unlawfully compiling criminal dockets in respect of prominent government officials.

Mtetwa, however, dismissed Mamiza’s allegation saying that if he was indeed afraid of her,, he would not have sat with her at the back of the police truck as it was being driven from Mpofu’s residence to Tsvangirai's offices in Avondale.

Mtetwa said the police could have continued with their searches after her arrest and therefore claims that she hindered them from doing their work were baseless.

Said Mamiza: “I was now confused and afraid. Personally, I couldn’t continue with the search due to fear and panic. Even today, I am still frightened of the accused. I only sat with her at the back of the vehicle because the other two police officers were seated in the front.”

Mamiza said that they panicked during the search as a group of people gathered at Mpofu’s gate while others were looking from commuter omnibuses.

“We all panicked, together with Chibage and Mukazhi especially because we didn’t know who the people who had gathered at the gate were,” he said.

Mtetwa however said Mamiza’s evidence contradicted that of his colleagues who had told the court they were taught during training to do their job regardless of any threat of danger.

The trial continues.

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