Council cop breaks teen vendora��s arm

Nozipho Ncube
A FIFTEEN-year-old vendor was left nursing a fractured arm after she was allegedly attacked by a Bulawayo City Council municipal police officer while trying to evade arrest.

The incident is said to have occurred at the corner of Jason Moyo Street and Third Avenue when municipal police officers were conducting routine compliance of city by-laws by vendors a week ago.

A scuffle ensued between municipal police officer Wilfred Ngwenya and street vendor Abigail Mudenda who was selling eggs.

When instructed to surrender her wares for selling at an undesignated point Mudenda allegedly failed to comply with the order and proceeded to flee, forcing Ngwenya to chase after her.

He is alleged to have twisted the vendora��s arm and she sustained injuries that required medical attention. She went toA� Mpilo Hospital the following morning after complaining of severe pain.

The victima��s mother Doreen Selimani said the attack left her daughter traumatised.

a�?I had left my daughter at our vending spot while I went for a review at a local clinic and later received a call from one of my colleagues that Abigail had been attacked by a municipal police officer. She had been trying to escape with a tray of eggs,a�? said Selimani.

a�?My daughter complained of severe pain the following morning and I accompanied her to Mpilo Hospital where the doctor informed me that she had suffered a fractured arm,a�? she said.

Bulawayo City Council senior public relations officer, Nesisa Mpofu confirmed that the matter was brought to the attention of the local authority.

a�?Internal disciplinary measures will be taken to get to the bottom of the issue. Initial reports indicate that the municipal police officer advised the vendor that she had been placed under arrest but she retaliated by wrestling for the tray,a�? said Mpofu.

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