The arrested police officer who was stationed at Sumbawanga Police Station is reported to have been on annual leave when he committed the offence.
According to the Rukwa Regional Police Commander, Mr Jacob Mwaruanda, the murdered young man was identified as Ally Thomas alias Okocha (35), who is alleged to have stolen a bicycle belonging to one David Mwaipopo alias Mwasa (38), two months ago and that he had reported the theft to the police.
According to eye witnesses, the incident took place on Thursday at around 2:30 p.m. at Mwazi area here in Sumbawanga town when Zinja together with Mwasa attacked Ally by punching and kicking him while escorting him to the police station. It was further alleged that while they were escorting him to the police station, Ally became weak and suddenly collapsed.
At that point, the duo suspects decided to rush him to Rukwa Regional Hospital in Sumbawanga town after obtaining a PF3 from the police station. However the victim was pronounce dead while under treatment at around 4:00 p.m. The preliminary police reports indicate that the suspect Mwasa opened a case accusing Ally of stealing his bike worth 100,000/- two months ago and immediately after he had stolen it he went into hiding.
There were unconfirmed reports saying that Ally had gone into hiding in neighbouring Mbeya region. It was further alleged that on Wednesday Mwasa spotted Ally strolling on the streets and immediately alerted Ladislaus who was investigating the case. The duo left together to track down Ally and grabbed him.
However, it was further alleged that the deceased’s relatives refused to collect his body from Rukwa regional health facility’s mortuary, forcing the RPC to arrest the suspects as police had only arrested Mwasa alone. According to the medical personnel who carried out postmortem over the body and who asked for anonymity, the deceased’s relatives have not come to the hospital to collect the body.
Mr Mwaruanda also confirmed that finally both suspects including the policeman have been arrested for interrogation while the investigations over the incident are still going on.