Residents free after protests against Zimbabwe police graft

CourtsFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – A ZIMBABWEAN court has acquitted eight residents arrested for staging protests against widespread corruption by police officers.
The residents were arrested after police violently dispersed a demonstration by commuter omnibus operators in the Midlands capital city of Kwekwe, over 200 kilometres from Harare.
Residents joined the protest in solidarity with operators.
As the commuter omnibus operators’ protest was aimed at exposing organised police corruption, law enforcers reacted violently and attacked some innocent and non-violent civil citizens, including those who were not part of the protest.
Those arrested had been on trial since last Thursday facing charges of “public violence” under the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act).
Kwekwe magistrate, Livard Philemon, has acquitted the residents after ruling the evidence presented in court during trial was unreliable as it all came from some members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
“It is common cause that the Kwekwe residents were arrested in connection with a demonstration against alleged corruption allegedly committed by law enforcements agents,” Philemon said.
In addition, the magistrate ruled that the state failed to produce evidence from an independent and impartial source.
Richard Mapfumo, Progressive Magombedze, Witness Moyo, Alafios Munemo,
King Seremwe, Aaron Mutesanwa, Richard Manga and Takudzwa Ushe were duly acquitted.
Zimbabwean police particularly those manning roadblocks have a reputation for soliciting bribes from motorists.
Government has complained such roadblocks were deterring tourists from visiting the Southern African country.
CAJ News

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