Police leave activist for dead

HARARE - National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz) chairperson Sten Zvorwadza was yesterday admitted in hospital after heavily-armed police brutally attacked him while he was protesting at the Harare Central Police Station.

Zvorwadza was demonstrating against police’s ruthless actions on vendors and pro-democracy activists.

“I have been admitted at Avenues Clinic. The doctors are checking my back, neck and head,” he told the Daily News, adding that “I will continue with the protests”.

The brutal action by the police came just a day after protestors, including Zvorwadza and Tajamuka were thrashed by police.


Sten Zvorwadza was hospitalised after the brutal police attack. Pic: Freedom Mashava

The protestors were up in arms over the pending introduction of bond notes.

The police pounced on Zvorwadza and activist Patson Dzamara just after they started their demonstration in front of the Harare Central Police Station.

The officers came in numbers to beat up the helpless Zvorwadza, who was holding flowers, before he was left unconscious for nearly five minutes.

It took the help of intelligence officers who came to stop the police.

After regaining consciousness, Zvorwadza shouted: “We came here to offer you peace and love not violence”, before he was escorted away by State security agents.

Just after the incident, another protestor was arrested by the police.

Prior to the protest, Zvorwadza said the demonstration was meant to demilitarise the police.

“The demonstration is the first of its kind in the history of the country. The police must stop being used by politicians; they must know that they are there to protect us not to intimidate people.”

“The police must know that things will change.  Zanu PF will not remain in power forever, it’s high time for them to stop protecting people who are destroying the nation.”

Comments (11)

zvorwadza!!!!!kkkkkkk,play with our highly trained police force they will cut yu to size,and zvinenge zvichi rwadza

truth - 19 August 2016

Through pain and suffering, a new child is born. Through pain, pangs, suffering and brutality, a new Zimbabwe will be born. Shinga Comrade hondo huru kwazvo inoda banamashinga, magamba kwazvo.

kakale - 19 August 2016

Policemen must be driven out of the townships by force. They must go and stay at State House with Robert and Grace. We need to start targeting and remove them

Ben Zvirwadzo - 19 August 2016

No-one has fought the people and won for they were created in his image, fighting the people is fighting GOD, zanuoids you can break bones but not the spirit for change.

Kufandada - 19 August 2016

true Warrior!! not ana Evan

tboy - 19 August 2016

Pasi nema porisa,imbava wuye imhondi,they are so corupt such that they will do anything for money.They are frustrated because their ATMs -combis and mishikashika are not paying and roadblocks are now limited.

chengetanayi - 19 August 2016

Safeguarding our sovereignty by brutalizing peaceful protesters The new Motto of Zanu PF

Mukanya - 19 August 2016

Please let us show solidarity with Stan Zvorwadza. He is a soldier. I am looking at what we did for Pastor Mawarire. This Stan deserves more. Historians document Stan's antics.

Dzvuke Muchaina - 19 August 2016

Little truth, we re getting stronger not weaker as your foolish "leader" and party of idiots show the world how moronic and evil they are. Imbofarai. Patichajamuka nyika yese ka hwani muchafambira mudenga mese!

Sagitarr - 19 August 2016

@ truth wakadyiswa here usingaoni kutadza kwembwa dza Mugabe. "Highly trained", to beat peaceful demonstrators. Nonsense regime

JOHN FARAH - 21 August 2016

Target n eliminate all police staying in th community. The police officers must go n stay in their barracks!

Dhewa - 21 August 2016

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