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Police Deny Killing 1 year old baby with Tear Gas in Bulawayo during #ShutDownZim Protests



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Police denied reports that a one-year-old child died in Bulawayo after allegedly suffocating from teargas fired by riot police during last Wednesday’s nationwide stayaway.

Kupakwashe Mutasa was reportedly sleeping when police descended at Burombo Flats in Makokoba, firing teargas at random within the corridors.

But police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said Kupakwashe’s father, David Mutasa, said his child was suffering from fontanelle (nhova/inkanda) and had difficulties in breathing.

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“The father, who does not believe in medical treatment, as he is a member of African Apostolic Church, had sought treatment from the deceased’s grandmother in Mzilikazi, who attended to her. However, the baby’s condition deteriorated, prompting him to rush her to hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival,” she said.

“A postmortem conducted revealed the cause of death as acute oedematous malnutrition.”


Source: NewsDay