Journalists petition Harare Mayor and Police

April 8, 2019
| Report Focus News

Harare- Journalists in Harare stormed Harare’s Town house and Central police to hand in a petition against police brutality.

The journalist who walked to Town House handed their petition to Harare Mayor Cllr Herbert Gomba who promised to address the journalist once investigations are completed.

“Thank you for bringing the petition, I would like to assure you that the matter is under investigation once it is complete by end of April we will come back to you. Our team is currently investigating the issues that you have raised” said Gomba

The Journalist who were holding placards inscribed ‘an injury to one is an injury to all’ later proceeded to Harare Central Police were they were denied entry into the station by some overzealous anti-riot police officers who threatened to beat the scribes.

The journalist stood their ground demanding to hand their petition to the station’s superiors.

“We came here with our petition and we are welcomed by baton sticks, this is the same thing that we are against. You should be a police service not a force.” one journalist

As if it was enough the baton stick wielding officers proceeded to grab placards from journos tearing them but to no avail as the journalists remained resolute.

Later on, they were allowed to get into the station where they were made to wait for more than an hour before they handed their petition.

The handing over of the petition comes after members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police in conjunction with municipal police invaded online media house 263chat and fired teargas.

This led to the injury of one Journalist Lovejoy Mutongwizo who sustained a stomach bruise.