10 months old held over MDC, police clashes

 10 months old held over MDC, police clashes

Police used brute force to disperse angry MDC supporters with ordinary people caught in the crossfire

By Hope Sarara


HARARE police were reportedly holding a 10 month-old girl along with eight adults arrested after the crackdown of opposition MDC supporters arrested Wednesday after clashes with police in the capital.

Several people were injured in chaotic scenes that followed an ill-fated bid by MDC leader Nelson Chamisa to deliver a “Hope of the Nation Address”.

Chamisa initially wanted to deliver the statement from the Africa Unity Square but was stopped by police before authorities violently dispersed hundreds of his supporters who had gathered at his party headquarters to hear their leader speak.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights the girl was caught up in the mayhem when her mother was picked up while on the way to the bank.

“The 10 month-old baby is currently detained at Harare Central Police Station together with her mother, who was arbitrarily arrested by ZRP
officers on Wednesday 20 November 2019 together with seven other people while in the central business district and charged with
disorderly conduct in a public place as defined in section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act,” a statement from the rights lawyers group said.

ZLHR identified those arrested as Collen Mubandarikwa (32), Gift Ben (30), Rose Chitsungo (30), Maria Tinago (36), Shoko Zindoga (42), Godfrey Karembera (42), Victor Maramba (20) and Honzeri Zondani (37).

The statement however did not directly identify the girl’s mother among those in custody but indicated the group is represented by Nontokozo Dube-Tachiona and Tonderai Bhatasara members of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

Added the statement: “By end of day on Wednesday 20 November 2019, ZLHR lawyers were trying to convince ZRP officers to agree to release the baby and her mother, who was arrested while on her to the bank.”

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