22 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Death Inquest Likely At P.E

Police have referred to the Attorney General's office a docket they compiled in connection with the mysterious death of a Prince Edward schoolboy.

Thirteen-year-old Munashe Banda's body was found floating in the school swimming pool last month. Police sources yesterday said by referring the

docket to the AG's office, police could have recommended for an inquest to establish what caused the pupil's death.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri confirmed the development yesterday. He said the AG would guide the police on how to proceed with the matter.

Milton police initially investigated the matter before it was handed over to the CID homicide section.

"The docket has been sent to the Attorney General's office," he said.

"We are waiting for the AG's opinion on the matter. We have completed our investigations and included all the information gathered in the docket together with the post-mortem results. It is the AG who will instruct us on how to proceed."

Munashe's death is being treated as murder after the doctor who conducted an autopsy raised alarm. The discovery of Munashe's body in the swimming pool firmly thrust the school into the spotlight. The suspicion that Munashe's death was a result of bullying has made the situation worse for the school, some of whose pupils have a history of such behaviour. In February last year, six pupils were arrested for allegedly battering and seriously injuring a boy for wearing sunglasses during sporting activities at the school.

The victim reportedly lost three teeth in the attack.

The quartet, aged between 16 and 17 years, appeared in court on assault charges and were convicted.

They were sentenced to 105 hours of community service.

The assault case came barely a week after a prefect, Mike Manga, was arrested and appeared in court for battering Bruce Nyatanga, son to Zimbabwe

National Soccer Supporters Association leader Eddie Nyatanga.

Manga (18) broke Bruce's finger and was charged with assault.

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