Cops incompetent – nurse’s lawyer(08-02-07)

HARARE - Four nurses accused of forcing colleagues to go on strike appeared in court this week and have been remanded in custody. The four, Zororo Kawondera (36), Beaven Zisengwe (28), Owen Jinya (27) and Clement Manqee (25) were not asked to plead to contravening POSA when they were hauled before m

agistrate Brighton Pabwe.Defence lawyers, Charles Kwaramba of Mbidzo Muchadehama and Makoni and Walter Bherebhende of Mavhunga and Associates immediately made an application for refusal of remand, saying the four did not commit any offence.
In his argument Kwaramba said police showed a high degree of incompetence in this matter as CID Law and Order was a specialised section in the force, and should know better on these matters.
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions has deplored the arrest of the four nurses saying the police were overzealousness in dealing with the matter. “What is more irking is the fact that government dithers in addressing concerns raised by striking doctors and nurses and instead dwells on trivial issues such as arresting innocent people,” ZCTU secretary general Wellington Chibebe said. – Own correspondent

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