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CCC Madzibaba: ERC wants torture cops used as examples against state brutality

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By Nkosana Dlamini

Prominent poll-based lobby, Election Resource Centre (ERC) says the brutal attack on Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist popularly known as Madzibaba veShanduko by police this week should be challenged and set as a deterrent against similar brutalities by the law enforcement agents in the future.

The activist, real name Godfrey Karembera, was seized by some uniformed police officers in Harare’s CBD Thursday and driven to Harare Central Police station where he was subjected to horrendous torture by his captors.

Images of a wounded activist writhing in pain went viral on social media, inviting a groundswell of public condemnation towards police brutality while also drawing scrutiny to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s half-hearted commitment to violence free elections in the country.

Amid the tense situation, ERC, that has led advocacy around free and fair elections in the country, has weighed in with calls for the offending police officers to face the music.

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In a statement, ERC reminded police of their duties to protect all citizens regardless of their political affiliations.

“The ERC condemns the brutality unleashed on Godfrey Karembera popularly known as ‘Madzibaba VeShanduko’, a prominent Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activist while in Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)’s custody. The ZRP has a duty to protect, not harm citizens, despite their political affiliations,” said the lobby.

“Section 53 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe states that ‘no person may be subjected to physical or psychological torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’.

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“The referred conduct of the police is deplorable, illegal and must be challenged to ensure no further perpetuation of the illegality is experienced in Zimbabwe.”

Added ERC, “The heavy handedness of the police officers is not only illegal but goes against regional and international instruments.

“The alleged police brutality paints a dark picture for Zimbabwe as the country prepares for the March 26 2022 by-elections and the 2023 harmonised elections.”

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