The Zimbabwe Republic Police has rubbished recent reports by British media house Sky News in which they broadcast an old video footage of members of the security forces who were assaulting a civilian.
Sky News reporter John Sparks submitted reported this week that members of the security forces are given free rein to beat up civilians on broad daylight. He cited the ‘Chiremba road incident’ which he claimed to have secretly filmed after the #Shutdownzim protests.
However , ZRP spokesperson Charity Charamba poured cold water on the claims and stated that the incident in question in fact occurred in 2016 during the tout clean up exercise.
Addressing journalists at the Police Headquarters on Tuesday afternoon ,Charamba confirmed the authenticity of the video but was quick to note that it was ‘file footage’ , contrary to Sky News’ claims that it was a ‘fresh’ video they filmed on the aftermath of the violent protests that rocked the country between January 14 to January 16.
“The video that was broadcast on Sky News was an incident that occurred in July 2016 during an operation to clean up touts.
“We have since cross checked the registration of the vehicle and approached the owner and we discovered that the vehicle has actually been sold to two people in the period between 2016 and 2019,” said Charamba.
She however said they do not condone the actions conducted by the members of the security forces in the video and investigations are still underway.
“W are not saying what those members did is correct, investigations ate underway to get the culprits but we cannot pre-empty our investigations,” she added.