AS police harassment of opposition supporters continues, a local magistrate has ordered that 12 MDC activists assaulted by police while campaigning for Bulawayo mayor, Japhe
t Ndabeni Ncube, be medically examined to determine the extent of their injuries.
The activists, who were arrested last week in Emakhandeni suburb while they were giving out fliers urging residents to vote for Ncube, were allegedly injured when they were assaulted by police before and during their detention at Luveve police station.
The 12 were visibly swollen in the face and other body parts when they appeared in court last week on Friday to answer charges of toyi-toying and blocking traffic.
A young woman in the group had a broken arm hanging loosely by her side when she appeared before Bulawayo magistrate, Kholwani Mangena.
After being briefed by the lawyer representing the group, the presiding magistrate ordered that the group be taken for a medical examination.
The lawyer, Josphat Tshuma of Webb, Low and Barry, told the magistrate that his clients were assaulted by police as they were being arrested and at Luveve police station where they were detained overnight.
“The worrying part is that the group was assaulted by police and each of the members in the group received varying injuries, a case which should be investigated by the courts,” Tshuma said.
The 12 were remanded out of custody to August 25.
Beside the incident involving the police and the 12 MDC activists, the Bulawayo executive mayoral elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere with no incidents of violence being reported throughout the city.
Bulawayo executive mayor Ncube retained his seat after he routed Zanu PF’s Dickson Abu- Basuthu by 29 575 votes to 5 509 votes.
Police have in the past been accused of taking sides with the ruling Zanu PF party during elections and several opposition officials and supporters have been arrested on the flimsiest of excuses.
Just two weeks ago, Zanu PF supporters attacked and injured Mangwe MP in Bubi-Umguza whom they detained at a homestead for the whole night and police are alleged to have responded to the matter after 26 hours.
Last month Mbare MP, Gift Chimanikire, was arrested on allegation of illegally possessing a firearm after he had gone to a police station to report an assault by Zanu PF supporters during a state function to commission a vegetable market.