Chitungwiza violence case takes new twist

CHITUNGWIZA - The recent political violence in Chitungwiza has taken another turn following allegations by MDC activist Gerald Fokisa that it was the local police not Zanu PF youths who broke his leg.

Speaking from his hospital bed at Avenues Clinic, Fokisa said police came to a shopping centre in Manyame Park, St Mary’s, together with Zanu PF youths who falsely fingered him as one of the persons who had demolished their houses which culminated in the police handcuffing him.

“They handcuffed me around 4pm, in full view of residents since it was daytime and started beating me up all over my body.

“They were many, most probably eight policemen with some stamping on my legs.

“I later heard a snapping sound on my leg, and within moments experienced the most excruciating pain and knew that I was injured.

“I cried and told the police details about my injury but they would hear none of it and instead ordered me to stand up and walk beating me in the process”.

MDC activist Gerald Fokisa in hospital after the attack.

But St Mary’s police denied the allegations by Fokisa claiming that he fell down while trying to evade arrest.

“I can’t say much but that is far from the truth. What we know is that he fell down while he was trying to run away from the police,” said St Mary’s Police Station Officer in Charge Daniel Badza.

This comes as Chitungwiza magistrate Donald Ndirowei on Tuesday granted $50 bail each to four MDC youths who were arrested by the police following violence which erupted in the town that left at least 7 MDC supporters injured.

The State has charged the four MDC supporters, Foster Chabuka, Crispen Muchabaiwa, Kudakwashe Zungunde and John Chatunzwa with malicious damage to property as defined in section 140 of the criminal law (codification and reform) Act chapter 9:3.

The case took a twist when the defence lawyer Tapiwa Muchineripi of Muchineripi and Associates said that his clients had complaints against the police, citing a serious breach of accused persons’ rights to protection of the law in terms of Article 56 subsection 1 of the Constitution of  Zimbabwe.

Comments (3)

I have said it before and it needs repeating. Our police, under the current leadership, remain the single biggest threat to the security of ordinary Zimbabweans and its a fact.

Kufakwejeyi - 28 March 2015

What a weak defense statement by Daniel Badza the Green Bomber masquerading as an Officer in Charge. Who can buy his cheap crap that some one can break their foot from running away. The law has to take it's course here because police officers have enjoyed undeserved impunity for too long now.

Ndabazezwe Viki - 28 March 2015

recycled soon you forget. nt tho

duhduh - 28 March 2015

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