Man petitions Chihuri over police brutality

HARARE - A senior cop is in trouble after he reportedly brutally assaulted a suspect who has since petitioned police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri over the attack.

According to a letter dated August 22, 2016, Chawapiwa Kafesu, through his lawyer Admire Rubaya, claims he was severely assaulted by the cop, Joseph Nemaisa.

“We refer to our…client who has instructed us to write to you concerning the devilish acts of torture and assault by your police officers from the CID Homicide Section,” part of the letter reads.

It further stated that Kafesu was arrested in a matter involving $305 000 on June 27, this year, before he was taken to court, where he was eventually released on bail.

The letter was copied to the prosecutor general’s office, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo and director general of the Central Intelligence Organisation Happyton Bonyongwe among other offices, seeking them to address his grievance.

Kafesu has since reported criminal charges against Nemaisa at Marimba Police Station under RRB number 2867179.

As part of his bail conditions, Kafesu was ordered to report twice a week at CID Stores and Business on Mondays and Tuesdays.

He claimed in the letter that when he went to report to the police on August 19, 2016, he was invited into Nemaisa’s office, where he was assaulted.

“We are concerned with the barbaric and patently unlawful behaviour exhibited by a very senior police officer of indiscriminately assaulting an accused person who is already appearing in court,” the letter reads.

Kafesu said he was saddened by the fact that when his trial was set to begin, it was postponed on the basis that the docket had been recalled for further investigations.

“Unbeknown to our client, the further investigation was going to be a well-orchestrated torture where our client would be placed on the “bridge” and assaulted with batons,…fists and open hands amongst other weapons which inflict harm.

“The Stone Age tactic of crime investigation has no space in our democratic Zimbabwe given that it strikes at the heart of the constitutional values enshrined in the supreme law of the land,” the letter further stated.

The lawyers accused the police officers who assaulted Kafesu of acting like “hired mercenaries”, adding that they are “bad apples” that put the name of the force into disrepute.

“As a society, we look up to the police as a law enforcement agency which protects all and sundry but when police officers become trigger-happy to the extent of exhibiting such hooliganism and brutality then that is the sad day for our justice delivery system.”

According to a medical affidavit, Kafesu who is now walking with the aid of crutches was severely injured.

Comments (3)

What a disgrace! In a free country both Chihuri and the senior torturer would have been relived of their duties. What draconian policing! I am shocked and disgusted.

Viva Undidade - 24 August 2016

This is reminiscent of Zanu PF thuggery and intolerance of the laws of the land. They no longer pretend that they have replaced the laws with kangaroo and quasi-legal jurisprudence gotten out of the pages of the Mugabe authored Boarder Gezi texts availed to youths camps. You can tell that this officer was acting in his capacity as a Zanu PF cadre, who is used to the crude means of arriving at a desired conclusion. As it stands, he will get away with this one just as he has with many other brutalities in the past, in his efforts to show his masters his quality and usefulness to them.

Yeoman Thomas - 27 August 2016

No!!!.Undidade,,Zimbabwe is not a free country now.As long as u live in Zimbabwe there is no guarantee that u are free no matter which side u support

Matsotsi - 27 August 2016

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