KWEKWE – MDC Alliance leader and Kwekwe Ward-12 Councillor, Washington Moyo, was reportedly beaten by members of the security forces who were enforcing the Covid-19 measures in the mining town on Sunday morning saying they ‘were following orders.’
Clr Moyo has shared his grievances on social media, recalling a horrific encounter that he had with an ‘overzealous’ policewoman.
In a statement on Wednesday, Clr Moyo said:
“The assault by Kwekwe Central Police on 01/02/2021 to me by 11:00 am, whilst trying to assist people of section 10 on sewage crisis , was not only foolish but shows a lot of unproffesional, dullness and stupidity.
How come, these overzealous Officer, after showing my proof that I am a Councillor of Ward 12, City Father, running around trying to solve an emergency issue which occurred late Sunday , as an essential service provider in terms of SI 10 of 2021 public health (Covid prevention, contaminant and treatment) regulations 2021, managed to beat me, saying they are doing it as per order?
These police must always remember that they are also residents who are in need of clean water and sewage free environment. So this brutal attacks means they have certain agendas which I think they have to unveil to the public. After all, they are being paid by taxes from the mass.
Direction is more important than speed. Off course Musoja waaifamba naye akamutsiura and apologized as well as Officer In Charge, Kwekwe Central Apologized for the incident but to me it remains unfair coz the Officer was supposed to be summoned and apologize herself.”
Security forces have been accused of abusing the powers given to them during lockdown to ‘assault’ and ‘harass’ members of the public.
Efforts to get a comment from Midlands Provincial Police Spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko were fruitless by the time of publishing.