MASVINGO: In a bizarre incident that has shocked locals in Ngundu area, two police officers handcuffed villager Anna Masungoto and tied her to a fence for about seven hours.
The incident happened on the on the 2nd pf April this year and the woman has since lodged a complaint with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).
According to reports, two police officers Constable Dzimano and Mlumbwa who are stationed at Chinyika Police Base in Gutu visited Musangato’s homestead intending to arrest her for “malicious damage to property”.
This was after villagers demolished a building constructed by Morning Glory Church in the area.
“There is a long dispute between the community and the church as the building was being constructed in a grazing area,” says the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) who are representing the woman.
“The two police officers arrested and handcuffed her and they proceeded to the police base. On their way to the base, the officers advised her that they first intended to go to Nyamande High School and she was supposed to go with them.”
The woman reportedly refused to go to the school.
“Instead of taking her to the police base, the officers tied her to the school fence despite her protestations. She was tied to the fence from 7 am to 2 pm a total of 7 hours.”
According to ZLHR, Musangato had no access to food and water or the toilet while cuffed to the fence.
“She was further denied the opportunity to take her medication after advising the police that she was on medication and she required food before taking her medication,” said ZLHR.
“The two police officers mocked her to the fact that even if she dies Zimbabwe had many people and she is not even the first one to die.
“The conduct and action of the police were in violation of her rights to human dignity freedom and from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and right to health and not in sync with the mandate of the police.
“She believes that the conduct of the two officers put the name of the police into disrepute and requires action from your office.”