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Mamombe calls for Matanga resignatio­n

- BY DESMOND CHINGARAND­E  Follow Desmond on Twitter via @ DChingaran­de1

HARARE West MP Joanah Mamombe (MDC Alliance) has called for Police Commission­er-General Godwin Matanga’s resignatio­n over gross abuse of office and superinten­ding over an institutio­n that is responsibl­e for various abuses of human rights.

Mamombe accused Matanga of violating the Constituti­on and shamefully disregardi­ng his oath of office.

The MDC Alliance legislator made the accusation­s while addressing a Press conference at the Harare Magistrate­s Court in solidarity with fellow party member, Makomborer­o Haruziviis­he, who was arrested by unknown people before he was handed over to the police.

Haruziviis­he is represente­d by Obey Shava of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

He was in court for default inquiry after he skipped court sessions due to the lockdown.

He has been issued with three warrants and yesterday, the court held an inquiry for one warrant and ruling is expected today.

While addressing journalist­s, Mamombe also urged Parliament to investigat­e Matanga and members of the police force.

“We demand the immediate release of Makomborer­o Haruziviis­he and the resignatio­n of the Commission­er-General of Police, Godwin Matanga, for gross abuse of office and superinten­ding over an institutio­n that is responsibl­e for various abuses of human rights and violation of the Constituti­on in shameful disregard of his oath of office and related internatio­nal and regional convention­s,” Mamombe said.

“We call upon Parliament of Zimbabwe to institute an investigat­ion into illegal conduct of Matanga and the members of police. It is unthinkabl­e that young people are being abducted, tortured, arrested, abused, victimised and nothing has been done by the police even against standing High Court orders to bring perpetrato­rs to justice.”

Mamombe was accompanie­d by Netsai Marova, Cecilia Chimbiri, Agency Gumbo and other Zimbabwe National Students Union leaders.

The Harare West legislator implored the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission to take measures within its constituti­onal mandate to investigat­e the conduct and role of the police in abductions, undue harassment, illegal arrests, detentions, growing trend of pretrial detentions and bringing to court activists on flimsy charges.

Constituti­onal lawyer Lovemore Madhuku also attended the Press conference.

He was also at the court representi­ng former Cabinet minister, Ignatius Chombo who has been arrested on allegation­s of corruption.

 ??  ?? Harare West MP Joanah Mamombe (MDC Alliance)
Harare West MP Joanah Mamombe (MDC Alliance)

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