Stop harassing women over imported ointments
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
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