A POLICE Protection Unit (PPU) officer, who shot a colleague in a bid
to gain entry at Economic Planning minister Obert Mpofu’s home to see
his girlfriend, was yesterday slapped with an eight-and-a-half-year jail
term after he was convicted of attempted murder by regional magistrate
Lloyd Salobe will, however, spend six years in prison after 2 years were suspended for 5 years on condition of good behaviour. In passing judgment, Mtombeni lamented Salobe’s behaviour saying if police officers guarding VIPs behaved in the manner he did, then “who will in turn guard them”.
“You set a bad precedence at others, who are guarding VIPs,” the magistrate said.
At the material time he (Salobe) was wearing a face mask and armed with an AK47 rifle. The court heard he ordered Mutasa to surrender, but when she refused, a scuffle ensued leading to Salobe firing shots, hitting Mutasa in the abdomen. newsday