Women marchers assaulted outside parliament

A Zimbabwe policeman dealing with a member of the public during a previous march

By Nomalanga Moyo
SW Radio Africa
13 February 2014

Police assaulted several members of the Women in Zimbabwe Arise pressure group as they left parliament after submitting a petition.

Police, clad in anti-riot gear, accused the peaceful marchers of demonstrating without permission, before beating them up with truncheons.

“We had gone to deliver our demands to parliament when the police said we had no permission to do so. I explained to them that the new constitution allows us,” Magodonga Mahlangu told SW Radio Africa on the Big Picture programme.

Mahlangu said the police went away, only to return with reinforcements and descended on the WOZA members as they were dispersing from parliament.

“That’s how cowardly the police are, they were beating us from behind because they couldn’t even face us,” said the human rights defender.

None of the members were arrested.

Thursday’s march, ahead of the traditional WOZA Valentine’s Day peaceful demos on Friday, was to protest the corruption and looting of public resources by public officials.

“This year we are calling for public officials to revisit the spirit of ubuntu or ‘I am because we are’, and realise that they represent people, and should respect their own and other people’s dignity.”

Mahlangu said WOZA members are shocked by revelations’ of obscene salaries being earned by office bearers in parastatals, which she said had led to the collapse of the economy.

“We are demanding the implementation of the constitution to promote accountability. The constitution can provide much needed dignity to citizens and empower them with ways to check theft of public finance and corruption.

“The new charter also provides for free primary education but right now millions of children from poor backgrounds have been excluded from school following the discontinuation of the Basic Education Assistance Model,” she said.

WOZA has given parliament until the end of this year to fully implement the constitution.

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10 Responsesto “Women marchers assaulted outside parliament”

  1. THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

    Mugabe and Zanu PF the marxist hypocrites and career criminals who bore everyone with their righteousness – however, their most irritating contradiction is their inner-tyrant.

    They will insist that they believe in freedom for all, but the one thing you will quickly discover is they cannot tolerate anyone disagreeing with them.

    Trust me, if they could censure, regulate and ban alternative opinions out of existence they would. This is why they are not only frustrating but very dangerous, and terrifying in the extreme to all democratically minded people, and should not ever under any circumstances be trusted to look after the interests of the people, who they treat with total contempt.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      ”…and terrifying in the extreme to all democratically minded people” this fool who is always writing nonsense on all topics as if he is the master of all. Who are these democratically minded people you are talking about? Just give me the names or just a name you can think of and we will take our debate to another level. And which country in this world is a true democracy? Once again, just name one country that you think is a true democracy that Zimbabwe can take a cue from. Otherwise your best bet is to shut the fck up, if you can not come up with an answer.

      • THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

        In all democracies, an electronic version of the voters roll is a public document available for anyone to inspect, and analyse whenever they wish !

        Despite the new Zimbabwean constitution that Mugabe signed up to stating it must be made available well before elections and be continuously available for public inspection thereafter – the election rigging Zanu PF thugs are still to make a copy available !

        Democracy? What democracy ? Cried the Zimbabwean people !A recently published article(in part republished below) compiled undercover by a European journalist explains why – with the help of a high level Zanu PF Intelligence Chief the journalist gives an insight into what is really going on in Zimbabwe behind the scenes today, and demonstrates beyond all doubt, the total contempt Mugabe and his criminal enterprise has for the Zimbabwean people.

        ‘While Mugabe insists these ­diamonds will be for benefit of his people, the truth is they are already being used to fund a war chest designed to keep him and his generals in power, while millions more are siphoned into their ­personal accounts. That much was made clear to me during a chilling conversation I had as night fell this week near the ­diamond fields.

        At a meeting in a car on deserted waste ground — set up after tortuous negotiations through a go-between — one of Mugabe’s most senior intelligence chiefs rubbed his hands with glee at the deal with the Chinese.

        ‘There is a memorandum of understanding between China and ­Zimbabwe — Beijing supplies ­weapons to us, and we allow them to mine diamonds.’

        As well as paying a share of the ­diamond profits to Mugabe’s regime, he confirmed that China has agreed to supply military hardware to Zimbabwe. ‘It is a government-to-government deal,’ the official said. ‘It has been signed at the highest level.

        ‘There is a memorandum of understanding between China and ­Zimbabwe — Beijing supplies ­weapons to us, and we allow them to mine diamonds.’

        Mocking the ‘monkeys in the West’ who have been outraged by Mugabe’s brutality, my source — a cold-hearted killer — predicted that the diamond deal with Beijing would mean they could stay in power indefinitely.

        ‘You can write 1,000 stories, and print them 1,000 times, but it won’t make any difference,’ smirked the official. ‘We have all the diamonds, so we have all the weapons — and we will kill anyone who tries to take anything from us.’

        During an hour-long ­conversation, the intelligence source — whose identity I know, but who insisted I do not use his name or rank — also admitted that, without the Chinese pact, the ruling junta would have been driven from power. ‘But now we have all the guns we need,’ he said.

        The country is run as a personal fiefdom for Mugabe and his ­military junta, all of whom live in palatial homes and expect a personal cut from every aspect of the country’s wealth — from road ‘tolls’ raising millions and going to their ­personal accounts, to companies set up to capitalise on the diamond find.

        ‘Just because they are crooks, doesn’t mean they aren’t clever crooks,’. ‘These guys were trained by the North Koreans and at Nanking ­Military Academy in China. They are thugs, but smart — that’s why they are so scary.’ ‘

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          I asked simple questions which need simple answers. Let me reiterate once more that I need to know the people who are democratic minded and the countries that practise true democracy. That is what I have asked and all that trash you have compiled is unnecessary. Just be relevant and not waffle for once, Wilbert

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          ‘While Mugabe insists these ­diamonds will be for benefit of his people, the truth is they are already being used to fund a war chest designed to keep him and his generals in power, while millions more are siphoned into their ­personal accounts. That much was made clear to me during a chilling conversation I had as night fell this week near the ­diamond fields.

          At a meeting in a car on deserted waste ground — set up after tortuous negotiations through a go-between — one of Mugabe’s most senior intelligence chiefs rubbed his hands with glee at the deal with the Chinese.

          ‘There is a memorandum of understanding between China and ­Zimbabwe — Beijing supplies ­weapons to us, and we allow them to mine diamonds.

          As well as paying a share of the ­diamond profits to Mugabe’s regime, he confirmed that China has agreed to supply military hardware to Zimbabwe. ‘It is a government-to-government deal,’ the official said. ‘It has been signed at the highest level”, said Wilbert Muroyi.

          Of course, we are not apologetic in our bid to militarise our forces to be prepared for possible military incursions by foreign forces on the African continent. Any African country that sits on its laurels without preparing itself militarily, should think again.

  2. mike hondo says:

    the zanu police beating up women how proud of themselves they must be … happy valentines day!

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      My friend, you can be committing a crime in this country if you tell the British people that the police of the United Kingdom belongs to the Conservative Party. The police can be justified in kicking your butt for this foolishness and idiocy. You never called the BSAP, a Rhodesia Front police, you crazy rhodie who ran away from Zimbabwe after committing serious crimes and now shouting nonsense in the safe haven of London.

      • mike hondo says:

        Even if we live in a police state here in the uk if the police beat up women protesters the government would be voted out at the very next election and the police would have to account for their bad behaviour. funny how you failed to voice an opinion on the article but used it as a vehicle to spout absolute rubbish, does this mean your all for police brutality against women protesters

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          Do you understand the meaning of a police state? A police state is defined as a country in which the activities of people are strictly controlled by government with the help of a police force. I do not think you clearly understand the role of the British police. Your ignorance of its role and function is no defence in law, my rhodie friend.
          The laws of Zimbabwe in the context of holding demonstrations of any kind, are very straightforward. And by the way, demonstrations are allowed on condition they are sanctioned by the police. That is the law of the country that has to be observed by all nationals of this country without exception. If for any reason anybody decides to hold his/her own demonstrations that have not been authorised or sanctioned by the police, the laws of the country will have been violated or breached. And mind you, corporal punishment has still not been repealed since the era of Ian Smith, your cousin. Until such time the law has been repealed, it is still legal for the police to enforce the rule of law by using minimal corporal punishment without exception – be it women or men who violate the laws with impunity.

          • mike hondo says:

            You are so old, you obviously dont get out much , and you spend too much time falling asleep looking up boring precise definitions in our great british dictionaries in a lonely room, and dont make me laugh so much when you say ” it is legal for the police to use to enforce the rule of law by using minimal force” when do the zanu police ever use minimal force …minimal! really? dont say these very stupid things here otherwise people will ridicule you even more .
            i hear that you are actually a british citizen residing in the uk and not actually bothering living in zim under you great zanu dictatorship is this the truth ? not that it matters too much to me other than i had pictured you sitting in your large indeginious hut espousing you extremist views.

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