The body of a suspected pickpocket who was allegedly fatally assaulted by security personnel at Mahomed Mussa Wholesalers in Harare for stealing a box of washing powder was yesterday buried in Mhondoro. Anywhere Shayamano died at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on November 17 after he was assaulted by three staff members (names provided).
In a telephone interview yesterday afternoon, Ambuya Sophia Rinowa (Shayamano’s grandmother) said Anywhere was buried at Rinowa village in Mhondoro.
“We decided to bury him after getting advice from the police but we hope the law will take its course in this matter. The perpetrators did not provide any assistance and we had to do everything alone as a family.
“They should not be spared from prosecution because they have money,” she said.
On Tuesday, relatives and friends collected Anywhere’s body from the hospital mortuary and dumped it at one of the wholesale entrances along Orr Street.
Harare provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Tariro Dube confirmed the incident and said family members brought a coffin containing a dead person they alleged to have been murdered at Mahomed Mussa Wholesalers.
Asst Insp Dube said the police were conducting investigations in the circumstances leading to Anywhere’s death.
“He was apprehended after stealing in the shop adjacent to the wholesale before he gave them a friend’s name but he was severely assaulted. They took him to Harare Central Police Station where they were advised to take him to the hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“We did not know where he was until recently we decided to ask in hospitals and that is when we realised what happened to him before he died. According to the details we obtained from the hospital, they tried to obtain his body on the pretext they were related to him but failed,” he said.
His friend, Chamunorwa Mapiye, said Anywhere was a pickpocket but they were shocked to realise that his eyes were missing and his body was placed in a transluscent plastic bag when they went to collect it.
He said the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition.