Karoi Woman Confronts Four Ministers, Police Chief After Cops Set Dogs On Her During Lockdown

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By Robert Tapfumaneyi

A KAROI woman has dragged four Cabinet ministers and the police commissioner-general to the High Court seeking a protection order after police officers set their patrol dogs on her while she was cooking using open fire at her home.

The police officers, accompanied by soldiers, were accusing her violating the national lockdown regulations.

The ministers being sued are, defence, Oppah Muchinguri; health, Obadiah Moyo; local government July Moyo; home affairs, Kazembe Kazembe and Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga. Other respondents are the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

In an urgent chamber application filed at the High Court in Harare Thursday, Lucia Masvondo, 26, of Karoi in Mashonaland West province asked the court to issue an order protecting her against the conduct of Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) officers, who last Friday assaulted her as she was cooking on an open fire outside her house.

The State security agents also set their dogs on her and she sustained injuries after being bitten.

Masvondo said she is worried that as a result of the police and army officers’ conduct, the State security agents may also have brought the deadly coronavirus into her home during contact.

She further argued the army had no business patrolling the streets while purporting to be enforcing the national lockdown regulations and that ZRP and ZNA officers are not allowed to take the law into their hands by punishing people through beatings.

Masvondo protested that ZRP members and ZNA officers had also assaulted other tenants at her residence using truncheons while not observing or practising social distancing guidelines as they were not sitting one-metre apart from each other in a truck in which they were moving around in during their patrol.

She is being represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).