Police brutality not necessary

WHILE the ongoing wave of protests is regrettable, they remain a Constitutionally-ascribed right for every Zimbabwean and the police must respond to these demonstrations with the minimum force necessary.

Pictures of people being brutalised by the police have gone global, further tainting the country’s already tattered image. Though we are alive to the fact that some of the people harboured criminal tendencies, many of them bear a genuine cause as it is clear that the economy is in a bad state and the country is burning.

There are very limited options as it stands for the government as it has failed to bring an economic turnaround and trying to close the gate when the “horses have already bolted out” is a dangerous and difficult path to take.

It is with a heavy heart that Zimbabweans are subjected to these brutal acts of suppression by the police each time they attempt to raise concerns over governance issues.

It is not a lie anymore that the situation is bad in the country and what is needed is a lasting solution to the country’s problems, where President Robert Mugabe, who has been the only country’s president for the past 36 years is refusing to step down.

There is no need for a rocket scientist to speak sense into the current situation. It is very clear, the people have spoken, they want new things to happen in Zimbabwe and that change is being militated against by those in high offices.

Zanu PF must come up with a clear succession plan that would open avenues for the country. As it stands people are stuck with Mugabe, who many believe is now in the twilight of his political life. For years on end, people have been speaking on corruption which has been the greatest impeding factor to the eradication of poverty in the country, but no action has been taken.

Corruption is the scourge that has resulted in many to live in abject poverty. Several reports and concerns have been raised against Mugabe’s Cabinet, but nothing has been done. Recent reports of corrupt activities have been exposed, but still Mugabe is mum on the issue.

This is what has incensed millions of Zimbabweans across the country and abroad. People are angry and nothing short of change of the general system is acceptable as it stands.

At the moment, over 85 percent of Zimbabweans are unemployed and they are raising genuine concerns that the government has to urgently look into. It is not a lie that people are suffering and would want to see real change. I wonder if these politicians are not in the picture of the real situation on the ground.

Several people are surviving on less than a dollar a day, at a time when the government decides to ban imports on some basic commodities. It is a fact that some Zimbabweans are surviving through cross-border trading and by banning the importation of some basic commodities; their source of livelihood has been affected.

And when they raise such issues, their peaceful protests are met with police heavy-handedness. This leaves one wondering what exactly the government wants the people to do. Many people have been blaming Mugabe for the economic rundown, but the nonagenarian leader has vowed that he will not go anywhere.

After a wave of protests in Harare, several organisations condemned the police actions, where some protesters were severely assaulted for participating in a constitutionally-ascribed right. People are angry and the situation is very volatile, making it important for the police to assess the situation and devise the best possible ways of dealing with the issues.

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