Lawyers to present video exposing police brutality

HARARE - Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), who are representing 105 rioters arrested following demonstrations in Ruwa and Epworth early this month, are set to furnish the court with a video that exposes police’s brutally in dealing with the protestors.

ZLHR lawyer Trust Manda — who appeared together with Obey Shava, Gift Mthisi and Jermiah Bhamu — advised Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe of the intention to present the clip showing the police beating up the protestors and setting dogs on them, which was in violation of the Constitution.

Mahwe remanded the group to August 30 after a warrant of arrest for one of the accused persons (Gradual Chareka), who was admitted in hospital after sustaining serious police dog bites, was not present.

On their initial remand, the rioters gave harrowing experiences of how police officers set dogs on them and broke into their homes in efforts to effect arrest.

“The accused persons were fed to dogs by police and two of those who suffered the attacks are juveniles of school-going age.

“Some of them were fortunately hospitalised but the only form of medical attention they got was bandages,” said Bhamu.

“Further to that, the police officers knowing fully that the accused persons had been attacked by dogs never made any effort to ensure they were treated for rabies.”

According to State papers, on July 4 this year, police received a tip that protestors from Greater Harare Association for Commuter omnibuses were demonstrating in Epworth, Zimre and Mabvuku.

The court heard that the rioters had blocked traffic flow at Chans Shopping Centre using boulders, drums and burning tyres.

The demonstrators allegedly forced passengers to disembark from commuter omnibuses when police moved in to calm the situation.

The court heard that the accused persons began charging at the cops throwing stones and threatening them with death.

Police officers who sustained injuries from the attacks are still receiving medical attention.

Accused persons were later arrested.

Comments (3)

All those Police Officers involved in these vicious assaults and brutality against an innocent, unarmed population legitimately demonstrating against shocking oppression, must surely know and realize that they have all been identified and will one day be punished for their crimes. No excuses such as, "we were obeying orders" will be accepted - all of you must think carefully before carrying out illegal and grossly inhuman injustices. Take this warning seriously.

Mbewa - 29 July 2016

A big thank you to this body of courageous lawyers.such police brutality should shown the world over,on all social medai ,incl. u-tube.please, for these desperate fellow brothers and sisters languishing in these dreaded prisons ,no different from hitler's.

james hawks/ - 29 July 2016

I am shocked at the prevalence of inhuman actions by Chihuri's ZRP. We need to find out what illegal drugs if any our Commissioner is feeding his staff. We need to know whether the officers are responsible for their actions. If indeed they are drugged before their release on such assignments then we may need to direct the blame elsewhere.

Viva Unidade - 30 July 2016

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