LSC calls for ARREST of Police Officers who brutalize Citizens

Zimbabwe Police must UPHOLD the rule of law

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An anti-riot policeman in Zimbabwe kicks a woman as they dispersed a crowd gathered to hear an address by the leader of the MDC Alliance, Nelson Chamisa, at Morgan Tsvangirai House, in Harare, on November 20 2019. Image: Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP
An anti-riot police man in Zimbabwe tackles a woman with his boot as they dispersed a crowd gathered to hear an address by leader of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) Alliance, Nelson Chamisa at Morgan Tsvangirai House, the party headquarters, in Harare, on November 20, 2019. - Nelson Chamisa was due to address party supporters in his Hope of the Nation Address (HONA). The public address was blocked by riot police who beat up several people as they dispersed MDC supporters and other curious onlookers. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

LSC calls for ARREST of Police Officers who brutalize Citizens

LSC Press Release Number – 117

PRESS RELEASE

Zimbabwe Police must UPHOLD the rule of law

Harare, Zimbabwe., November 21, 2019

The Local Solutions Council (LSC) strongly condemns the unwarranted attack on defenceless and peaceful citizens exercising their constitutional right to assembly and free speech. We note with uttermost dismay the unwarranted police brutality against MDC Alliance supporters and members of the public outside the Morgan Tsvangirai House.

The Local Solutions Council deduces that brutality against citizens proves that the reforms that are currently being pursued by the Mnangagwa Administration are not sincere. Moreover; the Zimbabwe Government has evidently shown that it does not respect the rule of law as the police continue to deny the opposition and civil society their rights to assembly and free speech as enshrined in the constitution.

The brutal attack by the police left a gory of digital footprints of injured and traumatized Citizens. This state suppression smacks of breaches of the law and gross violation of human rights by the police who are supposed to act as law enforcement officers. Therefore; the Local Solutions Council calls for the immediate arrest of all police officers who committed this heinous crime. We also call upon SADC to speak out against this brutality by security agents on innocent citizens of a SADC state.

Hence, As Zimbabwe’s leading Think tank, the Local Solutions Council posits that for the nation to turn around its economic fortunes and get on a path of inclusive and sustainable development, citizens must be free to exercise their rights, civic space must be open and Government must respect the RULE OF LAW as guaranteed in the Constitution. Consequently, the Local Solutions Council calls on the Mnangagwa Administration and the Zimbabwe Police to UPHOLD the rule of law and to guarantee citizens their constitutional rights to assembly and free speech.

Issued By

Darlington Nyambiya

LSC President

Local Solutions Council

Email: admin@thesolutionstower.com

Website: www.localsolutionscouncil.com

LSC Strategic Unit Members: Chairman – Darlington Nyambiya; Maxwell Saungweme; Kingstone Jambawo; George Mapope; Jethro Makumbe; Ophias Kurauone; Sten Manungo; Liberty Makusha; Clemence Nhliziyo; Norman Tembo; Tapfuma Mushayi; Prestige Matchaba-Hove; Cleopatra Magenga; Life Urombo

The Local Solutions Council is Zimbabwe’s leading Think Tank with members that are local and abroad but are from diverse Zimbabwean communities in academia, politics, business, religion and sports. The Solutions Tower is the media arm of the Local Solutions Council.