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Policewoman bashes MDC Alliance Councillor in Kwekwe

By Nompumelelo Sibanda

MDC Alliance Councillor for Ward 25 in the Midlands city of Kwekwe, Washington Moyo, has accused the local police of overzealous conduct after a police woman bashed him for lockdown violation.

In December, Moyo and four other party activists appeared before Kwekwe Magistrate Florence Nago who convicted the five for participating in an illegal demonstration at Mbizo 4 shopping centre. They were jailed four months with an option to pay $20,000 fine.

Relating his latest incident, Moyo said he was assaulted on the 1st of November while Council duty.

“The assault  by Kwekwe Central  Police  on 01/02/2021 to me by 11:00 am (sic), whilst  trying  to assist people of section  10 on sewage crisis, was not  only foolish but shows  a lot of unprofessional,  dullness (sic) and stupidity,” Moyo wrote on social media.

“How come,  these overzealous Officer,  after  showing  my proof  that  I am a Councillor of Ward 12, City Father, running  around  trying  to solve an emergency  issue which  occurred  late Sunday , as an essential service provider in terms  of SI 10 of 2021 public  health (COVID prevention, contaminant and treatment ) regulations 2021, managed  to beat me, saying  they are doing it as per order? 

“These police must always  remember  that they are also residents who are in need of clean water and sewage  free environment. So this brutal  attacks  means they have certain  agendas  which  I think  they have to unveil  to the public. After  all, they are being  paid by taxes  from the mass.

“Direction is more important  than speed. Of course Musoja  waaifamba naye akamutsiura and apologized  as well  as Officer In Charge, Kwekwe  Central  apologized  for the incident  but to me it remains  unfair coz the Officer  was supposed  to be summoned  and apologize herself,” Moyo wrote.

When asked whether he made a report against the said officer, Moyo said he could not report as he does no trust the police. He, however, threatened to individually sue the policewoman but said he would get final word from his lawyers.

When approached for a comment, MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said police brutality against MDC Alliance members had worsened during the lockdown.

“There are laws for them and then desperate laws for the rest of Zimbabweans. Just last week, the ruining party ordered its employees back to work despite they are not an essential service provider. This nation needs new leaders,” said Mahere.

Midlands Provincial Police Spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko was not reachable for comment. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺

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