'Zim police depicts colonial force'

HARARE - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has likened the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to the colonial police force, following its brutal clampdown on anti-President Robert Mugabe protestors.

The party’s spokesperson, Jacob Mafume, said the successive police brutality portrays Zimbabwe as a police State.

“The brutality exhibited by the police over the past few days shows that the ZRP has failed to transform itself from a vicious colonial force over 36 years after independence,” he said.

“This brutality shows that Zanu PF wants Zimbabwe to be a police State and declare a State of emergency,” Mafume said.

Police attack a protestor during an anti-President Robert Mugabe demonstration in Harare CBD. Pic: Annie Mpalume

Police officers have in the past, including last week, brutally crushed protests being spearheaded by angry citizens.

Last Friday’s demonstration was violently quashed by the police, despite a High Court order sanctioning the march.

Citizens and opposition parties are accusing Mugabe and his government of failing to turn around the country’s economy, decisively deal with corruption and arrest escalating poverty.

They are also demanding that the 92-year-old leader fulfils his 2013 election campaign promise to create 2,2 million new jobs.

Mafume said the government wants to declare war on the citizens.

“The horrifying images of the police attacking innocent citizens in central Harare last Wednesday and Friday, is an indication that we now have a police State contrary to the country’s Constitution,” he said.

He further accused the Zanu PF-led government of depriving people of their democratic rights to hold peaceful demonstrations and freedom of association and expression.

“More shocking is that heavily armed police officers have also blocked people from attending the bail hearing of 75 citizens who were illegally arrested on Friday in central Harare.

“As the People’s Democratic Party…, we strongly condemn this gross abuse of human rights by the State and non-State agents,” he said.

Mafume further castigated threats of violence by Zanu PF youths, who were allowed to freely hold their meeting on Sunday.

“It is clear that the Zanu PF government has panicked and will try to use all evil acts, including shedding of innocent blood as it tries to suppress the citizens’ democratic rights,” he said, further urging Sadc and the United Nations to intervene in Zimbabwe.

Comments (8)

the police must do everything possible to ensure peace in this country,those who provoke our highly trained and disciplined police will get a thorough beating,ask tsvangirai

truth - 31 August 2016

there is a time for everything. We are on the road to Zion, soon Pharoah shall let God's children go to their promised land full of milk and honey which is a new Zim.

Larry hoover - 31 August 2016

At least colonial Police had standards to uphold, whereas our current militia is made up of gangsters/thugs/thieves&etc

Mukanya - 31 August 2016

@truths or falsehoods, while I agree with you that police must ensure peace in the country, I differ with you when the same police provokes people so as to batter them. Do you think the way they battered an elderly woman on Friday was a way to ensure peace of it was act act of being overzealous, cruel, satanic, immoral, and demonic. We believe elderly people are a beacon of society and should therefore be respected. How on earth do we become so fearful of our own mothers and grand mothers to the extend of battering and kicking such an old woman. May these thugs in police uniform find curse that deserve them for the rest of their lives.

ISHE NEHOREKA - 31 August 2016

Take a look at this picture. 12 men in uniform with raised buttons beating the hell out a youth. No policeman is making an attempt to apprehend the youth but clobber him! Are these the so called professional policemen? The policeman are the ones causing mayhem than upholding peace. The populace has the right to express, peacefully, their disappointment with the government mismanagement of the county's affairs. Zanu PF has dismally failed! 36 years of total mess up is too much. Zvakwana. Do people need to be armed to teeth to express their disappointment? If this the case, then we surely are not a free people. We are not a free people under this Zanu PF regime.

Mbareboy - 31 August 2016

As my concern all cruelty idiots from police must face the law after ZANU pf collapse in anyway cz y can u beat gogo's children ,of wichmany they have killed cz if once this zanupf loose uwill fee

Toindepi Togarepi Vatema - 1 September 2016

Daily news , you must remove comments like those by idiot Truth please,,

Tajamuka - 2 September 2016

Hapana chisingapere......

Dhewa - 2 September 2016

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