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 🔺