Stop ha­rass­ing women over im­ported oint­ments

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — For some time now Zimbabwe Republic Po­lice (ZRP) of­fi­cers have been ar­rest­ing women who are found in pos­ses­sion of cer­tain skin light­en­ing creams such as Epi­derm and Mo­vate.

Come to think of it, some women have been ar­rested and fined on mere sus­pi­cion be­cause “why is your face so light when your neck, hands and legs are black?” These creams are im­ported from our neigh­bour­ing coun­tries where they are bought over the counter.

I am just won­der­ing as to which Act and Statu­tory In­stru­ment are the po­lice act­ing on and whether the “ban” it­self is statutable, that is to say did it go through the Par­lia­men­tary le­gal pro­cesses and gazette?

Some­thing is ter­ri­bly wrong with our national law en­forc­ing agent. ZRP has had too much author­ity so much so that it does not know where and when to stop us­ing it.

Women, each and ev­ery one of them, have a right of choice to use or not use bod­ily oint­ments. It is just too petty for ZRP of­fi­cers to ha­rass and crim­i­nalise women be­cause they use cer­tain creams on their skin. It is even pet­tier for the con­cerned ministry to stoop so low for the same rea­son.

If it was found that the creams con­cerned were harm­ful to the health of the users then the right ap­proach would be via education. What is hap­pen­ing now is that the “ob­jec­tion­able” creams are be­ing smug­gled into the coun­try and po­lice of­fi­cers, some of them at least, are in­volved in the racket.

Please do not ask me to prove it, I know it and the po­lice them­selves know it full well. Maybe some­one more versed in the Con­sti­tu­tion will as­sist me by way of cor­rec­tion but I will hazard to quote Sec­tion 57, Right to pri­vacy: “Ev­ery per­son has the right to pri­vacy, which in­cludes, (in­ter-alia) the right not to be sub­jected di­rectly or in­di­rectly to a con­di­tion, re­stric­tion (or dis­abil­ity) to which other peo­ple are not sub­jected.”

I feel that it is high time that the po­lice make a 180-de­gree par­a­digm shift and re­pro­fes­sion­alised the in­sti­tu­tion be­fore it reaches a point of no re­turn. I am also of the opin­ion that women’s rights ac­tivists, lob­by­ists and or­gan­i­sa­tions are se­lec­tive if not dis­crim­i­na­tory when it comes to which rights they want to de­fend or ar­tic­u­late. They think that some rights are in­fra dig for them to ar­tic­u­late and de­fend.

As for ZRP, please cur­tail your now over-thetop ex­cesses. You are act­ing roughshod. Read the Con­sti­tu­tion and abide by it. Martin Sto­bart, Mh­lahlandlela Vil­lage, Lu­pane THE War­riors made us proud on Sun­day. Their per­for­mance was top class and if we can stay strong in de­fence I think we can be a sur­prise pack­age at Af­con next year. Well done to Mathew Rusike for bag­ging his maiden goal for the team and also to Knowl­edge Mu­sona and Nyasha Mushekwi for get­ting on the score­sheet. We def­i­nitely have the fire power. I just hope that the boys turn up in Gabon the way they have been do­ing at the National Sports Sta­dium. — Roger Murengwa

UNFREEZING nurs­ing posts would en­sure an ef­fec­tive health de­liv­ery sys­tem and pro­mote good work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween health workers and pa­tients as some nurses tend to be rough be­cause they are over­worked. We re­ally need to work on our health sys­tem as many peo­ple are at a dis­ad­van­tage be­cause they can­not be treated. There needs to be more money in the bud­get al­lo­cated to health and to re­tain pro­fes­sion­als who are opt­ing for greener pas­tures else­where .— Wal­ter Ndlovu, Bu­l­awayo

WE have a se­ri­ous prob­lem in Zimbabwe. I do not think some of our peo­ple are pa­tri­otic. Why would any­one want to abuse the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture pro­gramme? Can they not see that their ac­tions will have ad­verse ef­fects on the coun­try as a whole? Peo­ple need to be re­spon­si­ble with the in­puts that they re­ceive and just do the work that they have been con­tracted to do. If peo­ple did that we would all ben­e­fit. They too will make a lot amount of money. Zim­bab­weans please do not be greedy and work for your na­tion. — Tawanda Mazhindu, Kwekwe.

Knowl­edge Mu­sona

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