Police boss ordered to stop cops from brutalising citizens during lockdown
By Staff Reporter
HOME AFFAIRS minister Kazembe Kazembe has directed Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga to ensure police and other security forces were not violating human rights while enforcing government’s lockdown against the spread of Covid-19.
He was addressing journalists in Harare on Thursday.
“May I implore those providing essential services to continue to do so without contravening the law.
“Let us take note that the movement restrictions under the COVID-19 lockdown are meant to ensure Zimbabweans are safe, healthy and protected from the corona virus disease.
“On the other hand, I have directed the Commissioner General of Police to ensure that security officers on deployment observe the tenets of human rights and tighten security at isolation centres.”
Kazembe also said over 15 545 people have been arrested since the start of the 35-day business break for violating lockdown regulations.
He also urged locals to report members of the security forces who demanded bribes in order to allow them passage through roadblocks manned to enforce the lockdown.
The top government official said he was concerned some members of the public continued to violate the lockdown through gatherings in CBDs, shopping centres, shebeens and residential areas.