15 police officers who were arrested for allegedly bashing Zanu PF supporters who were at a district restructuring meeting in Bindura on Wednesday were taken to court on Thursday to answer to a charge of public violence, NewsDay can report.
Part of the charge sheet read: “On October 5, 2021, at Mupandira Business Centre, Musana, Bindura, the accused, who are police officers and their accomplices, who are still at large, went to the place of occurrence armed with batons and tear canisters.
“The accused also had two police dogs and were driving in three private motor vehicles, a Honda Fit, a Nissan Vanette belonging to Lloyd Chiropa, who is still outstanding, and a Nissan Sunny belonging to accused number one.
“The accused were numbering 18. Upon arrival at the business centre, the accused, without being provoked, disembarked from the motor vehicles and indiscriminately assaulted the complainants using batons.”
The charge sheet further read: “The accused also set the police dogs and released tear smoke on the complainants which caused pandemonium at the business centre. By so doing, the accused forcibly and, to a serious extent, disturbed peace, security or order of the public and invaded the rights of the complainants.
“The complainants sustained varying degrees of injuries and were referred to hospital for treatment. The medical
reports can be produced as evidence.”
They appeared before Bindura magistrate Tinashe Ndokera with prosecutor Clement Kuwanda saying the 15 did not deserve bail because as police officers they were conversant with the country’s porous borders, which makes them potential flight risks.
They were remanded in custody to today for bail ruling.
Early this month, police in Mashonaland Central warned of an increase in police officers violating the Police Act. -NewsDay