Truck driver shot dead by police while avoiding paying tollgate fee

A man was shot dead by a police officer while trying to avoid a tollgate in Harare.

The incident happened at around 8PM on Monday night at the Skyline tollgate just after the Mbudzi roundabout on the Harare-Masvingo highway.

A police source told SA Trucker: “A truck driver was trying to avoid the tollgate by using a dirt road and he was intercepted by a police officer.

Unlike in South Africa, toll gates in Zimbabwe are situated in places where there is no clear alternative routes, avoiding the toll gate is an offence

“The officer demanded a $2 bribe, which is half the price of the tollgate, but a disagreement ensued. The police officer cocked his AK47 and shot the man at close range and in cold blood.”

The small truck was carrying firewood going to Southlea Park, a new settlement some 15km south of Harare when it encountered the armed police officer who have since been identified, SA Trucker has decided to with hold his name.

“Police are deployed to stop vehicles evading the tollgate via the gravel detour, but they instead charge half price to allow passage,” a commuter omnibus who has used the road before told SA Trucker.

It was not immediately clear what will happen to the police officer.