Vendors crackdown; 11 arrested, detained for disorderly conduct

ZIMBABWE Republic Police (ZRP) officers on Wednesday 01 February 2017 arrested 11 informal sector traders and ordinary citizens and charged them with disorderly conduct and assault following some skirmishes with Harare City Council (HCC) municipal police officers in the capital city.

ZRP officers arrested nine informal sector traders and two ordinary citizens, who are all Harare residents and charged them with disorderly conduct in a public place and assault in contravention of Section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 and Section 89 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 respectively.

Police officers alleged that the Harare residents, who are respresented by Sharon Hofisi of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, pelted a HCC vehicle with stones during an operation conducted by municipal police officers to flush out informal sector traders from trading in the capital’s central business district.

The 11 Harare residents, who include Stefnage Chapfuwa aged 23 years, Archieford Chinyamuchiko aged 23, Magumisa Chikara, aged 30, Patience Kwari, aged 24, Ropafadzo Mhandu, aged 37, Yvone Matambo, aged 31, Hewith Mugadza, aged 27, Blessing Madziro, aged 18 years, Rodgers Katema aged 20, Tapiwa Chitsenzi, aged 18 and Godknows Mugumi, aged 25, complained that they sustained injuries after they were severely assaulted by HCC munipal officers and ZRP officers who arrested them during the operation to drive them away from their informal trading stalls.

The 11 are expected to appear in court on Friday 03 February 2017.

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