Female cop beat me up — Sikhala

HARARE - Firebrand MDC activist Job Sikhala — who stands accused of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe from power — claims he was battered by cops and tortured by a “foul-mouthed” policewoman yesterday.

Sikhala appeared to be in serious pain when a Daily News on Sunday crew visited him at the Avenues Clinic in Harare, where he was receiving medical attention.

Relating his client’s ordeal, prominent human rights lawyer Alec Muchadehama, said he had accompanied Sikhala, who is still to be charged, to Harare Central Police Station at about 10am yesterday, after law enforcement agents had indicated that they wanted to question the former St Mary’s legislator further — following Sikhala’s arrest on Wednesday and his later release in the wee hours of Thursday after undergoing gruelling questioning.

“I accompanied my client today (yesterday), who had been called by the police.

“When we arrived there, we went over to the CID Law and Order section.

“They told me that they wanted him to clarify a few things and we were left seated in an office only to see after about 20 minutes that Job had been beaten,” Muchadehama said.

The State media alleged this week that the firebrand politician had met Vice President Joice Mujuru’s emissaries at an undisclosed location in Harare.

During the alleged meeting, Sikhala is accused of having discussed the formation of a coalition to topple Mugabe from power and to plan the launch of a Constitutional Court application against Mugabe’s wife, Grace, on account of claims that she was usurping her husband’s executive powers — all in a bid to humiliate Mugabe.

Speaking to the Daily News on Sunday, the visibly traumatised Sikhala, while expressing shock that cops had beaten him up for no apparent reason, vowed to continue with “the struggle for democracy” in Zimbabwe.

“I was taken into an underground office where there were a number of security agents.

“They took everything that was in my pockets and they made me sit on the floor. The chief superintendent started to slap me, accusing me of moving around with bombs.

“I have never heard such rubbish in my entire life,” Sikhala said.

He also expressed fear that his life was in danger and that he was not sure what would happen to him next.

“I was accused of having gone to Swaziland to seek military hardware from a white German in order to wage a war against the Mugabe regime.

“She (the policewoman) was hitting me, spewing obscenities. It was only this woman who beat me up, and the other officers just watched,” Sikhala said.

Efforts to get a comment from the police on the alleged beating were futile, but Muchadehama said the conduct of the cops was shocking.

“The behaviour of the police is very strange. Instead of being verbally-questioned, my client was beaten.

“This is a serious violation of Job’s human rights. We do not expect this from the police who are supposed to protect all citizens.

“The police must not behave as if they are a rogue organisation. There is a lot of impunity and we are going to make sure that this is thoroughly investigated,” Muchadehama said.

Comments (19)

Zimbos are too passive and docile; we allow this sort of nonsense to happen. Mugabe is actually doing what he wants until someone stops him. This is why they got rid of Gen Mujuru- he was the only man who could challenge Mugabe. The VP has got support but Mugabe has the power and he will continue to brutalise innocent civilians.

Disaster - 30 November 2014

It is a pity that the victims of Police violence and abuse seldom reveal the names of the perpetrators. Many violent female cops were students of the notorious high priestess of Police evil - Barbara Mandizha. She got her due comeuppance by dying very painfully in the criminal nation of China. She was a close friend of the poisonous chalice a.k.a GRACE.

Aziz Pahad - 30 November 2014

If the British are still being sued and compensating for atrocities committed by their kith and kin in Africa years ago surely a time is coming when we the same people watching this happen shall compensate these people being abused by state institutions through our taxes.....rinemanyanga hariputirwiiiiiiii

Watch out - 30 November 2014

AZIZ PAHAD; I'm convinced you have your own private axe to grind with the late Police woman. On which planet did she commit the atrocities you refer to? I know her personally. She is far from what you wanted her to be. Even then, how dare you speak such vile against someone who is departed? What world/culture do you come from? Of course your name deceitfully tries to mislead us that you are from the Arab Nation. Is it why you even try to fool people that you are not a Zimbo? Whatever she denied you, five years now after her death you are still looking for her blood & flesh? It wouldn't be very surprising to hear that you have tried to exhume her.

Chenejrai Makudo - 30 November 2014

these sikala type of people vanoita kunge vakazhandukira kunge vasina kukwana vanoda zvekusungwa sungwa vaoita kunge variku actor ma film vanoda zve mademo and violence is he a leader kunge chibenzi benzi in zimbabwe we do really have leadership crisis . he is still the same sikala of fifteen years back be serious and mature politically u have the brains ko uchakura rinhi ko?

kote - 30 November 2014

A few memorable prime examples of the many female Zanu pf enforcers embedded in the police force naturally include the infamous police chief spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba and the one-time Assistant Commissioner Munzvenengwi. These individuals are not of the type that any sane person would need or want as a partner. These names will be retained forever in the corridors of history of tyranny of Zimbabwe.

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flix - 1 December 2014

Chenejrai Makudo you may know her personally but we all know others personally but what they do when they get behind that desk at police stations you will be startled. Have you ever seen a police offcier at a church except kumapositori kwavanofunga kuti vanobviswa mibvuri, it is because churches preach to be what you are and the Police are not what you know them personally they can be brutes out in those cells especially women worse ambotukwa kana kurmbwa nemurume wake uri pa tight. So you think cruelity done should not be said because one is departed. Inga first lady 'prayed' and a writer died.

maita - 1 December 2014

The so called "firebrand" politician bashed by a woman. How times change. However I dont believe this rubbish.

Ndugu - 1 December 2014

Wakanzwa butter. Ngavakupamhe unyatsodzikama.

Musa - 1 December 2014

So JS was supposed to report back that he was beaten up.... what a people.!! You guys are playing with fire.. all this will come to an end! You shall account for everything you have done wrong to this peace loving nation... If they wanted to question him why do it with fists and baton sticks!!!????

Zuruvi - 1 December 2014

Was meant to read: " JS was not supposed to report back"

zuruvi - 1 December 2014

General Augusto Pinochet was indicted for human rights violations committed in his native Chile by Spanish magistrate Baltasar Garzón on 10 October 1998. He was arrested in London six days later and held for a year and a half before finally being released by the British government in March 2000. Authorized to freely return to Chile, Pinochet was there first indicted by judge Juan Guzmán Tapia, and charged with a number of crimes, before dying on 10 December 2006, without having been convicted in any case. His arrest in London made the front-page of newspapers worldwide as not only did it involve the head of the military dictatorship that ruled Chile between 1973 and 1990, but it was the first time that several European judges applied the principle of universal jurisdiction, declaring themselves competent to judge crimes committed by former heads of state, despite local amnesty laws. Pinochet came to power in a violent 11 September 1973 coup which deposed Socialist President Salvador Allende. His 17-year regime was responsible for numerous human rights violations, a number of which committed as part of Operation Condor, an illegal effort to suppress political opponents in Chile and abroad in coordination with foreign intelligence agencies. Pinochet was also accused of using his position to pursue personal enrichment through embezzlement of government funds, the illegal drug trade and illegal arms trade. The Rettig Report found that at least 2,279 persons were conclusively murdered by the Chilean government for political reasons during Pinochet's regime, and the Valech Report found that at least 30,000 persons were tortured by the government for political reasons.

zuruvi - 1 December 2014

There were then questions about Pinochet's allegedly fragile health. After medical tests, Home Secretary Jack Straw ruled in January 2000 that he should not be extradited. This triggered protests from human rights NGOs, and led in January 2000 the Belgian government, along with six human rights groups (including Amnesty International), to depose a complaint against Straw's decision before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).[13] Belgium, as well as France and Switzerland, had deposed extradition requests in the wake of Spain's demand.[13] Despite the protests of legal and medical experts from several countries, Straw finally ruled, in March 2000, to set free Pinochet and authorize his free return to Chile.[14] On 3 March 2000 Pinochet returned to Chile. His first act when landing in Santiago de Chile's airport was to triumphally stand up from his chair to acclaim his supporters.[15][16] He was first greeted by his successor as head of the Chilean Armed Forces, General Ricardo Izurieta.[16] President Ricardo Lagos, who had just sworn in on March 11, said the retired general's televised arrival had damaged the image of Chile, while thousands demonstrated against him.[17] Despite his release on grounds of ill health, the unprecedented detention of Pinochet in a foreign country for crimes against humanity committed in his own country, without a warrant or request for extradition from his own country, marks a watershed in international law. Some scholars[who?] consider it one of the most important events in judicial history since the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals. Judge Garzón's case was largely founded on the principle of universal jurisdiction—that certain crimes are so egregious that they constitute crimes against humanity and can therefore be prosecuted in any court in the world.

zuruvi - 1 December 2014

There were then questions about Pinochet's allegedly fragile health. After medical tests, Home Secretary Jack Straw ruled in January 2000 that he should not be extradited. This triggered protests from human rights NGOs, and led in January 2000 the Belgian government, along with six human rights groups (including Amnesty International), to depose a complaint against Straw's decision before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).[13] Belgium, as well as France and Switzerland, had deposed extradition requests in the wake of Spain's demand.[13] Despite the protests of legal and medical experts from several countries, Straw finally ruled, in March 2000, to set free Pinochet and authorize his free return to Chile.[14] On 3 March 2000 Pinochet returned to Chile. His first act when landing in Santiago de Chile's airport was to triumphally stand up from his chair to acclaim his supporters.[15][16] He was first greeted by his successor as head of the Chilean Armed Forces, General Ricardo Izurieta.[16] President Ricardo Lagos, who had just sworn in on March 11, said the retired general's televised arrival had damaged the image of Chile, while thousands demonstrated against him.[17] Despite his release on grounds of ill health, the unprecedented detention of Pinochet in a foreign country for crimes against humanity committed in his own country, without a warrant or request for extradition from his own country, marks a watershed in international law. Some scholars[who?] consider it one of the most important events in judicial history since the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals. Judge Garzón's case was largely founded on the principle of universal jurisdiction—that certain crimes are so egregious that they constitute crimes against humanity and can therefore be prosecuted in any court in the world.

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Lameck Mtetwa - 1 December 2014

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husband - 1 December 2014

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