Police evasive on charges against Neighbourhood Watch Committee

Police are being evasive on charges proffered against a member of the police Neighbourhood Watch Committee in Mvurwi who has been sentenced to 14 days imprisonment at Chikurubi for attending an MDC-T rally held on Saturday, The Zimbabwean has learnt.

Givemore Murungweni was arrested on July 14 by a group of police officers who accused him of being an MDC-T supporter after having attended the party’s rally on July 13.

Today, Murungweni’s lawyer, Kennedy Masiye, from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, told The Zimbabwean that his client has been transferred from Mvurwi police station to Chikurubi.

He however bemoaned that police reluctance to provide them with papers indicating the charges against Murungweni was complicating the appeal process.

“My client is now at Chikurubi. The police are saying they are charging him under the Police Act for putting the name of the police into disrepute. However, they are reluctant to provide us with the papers indicating the charges and they are saying the docket has been taken to Bindura police station for transmission to Harare.

“We wanted the papers so that we can adequately prepare an appeal against the sentence,” said Masiye.

Members of the police force have on numerous occasions been warned against supporting the MDC-T by police Commissioner General, Augustine Chihuri.

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