Zimbabwe Opposition Legislator Arrested For Insulting Police Officers

Harare- Zimbabwe opposition MDC Alliance legislator Joanna Mamombe and two-party activists, who made headlines last year following claims of abduction and torture by alleged CIO operatives, have been arrested again.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) confirmed the arrests and they are being charged for using abusive and obscene language to police officers in Harare yesterday.

According to police, the trio were arrested after staging a flash demonstration outside the New Government Complex.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrests in a statement.

“Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Joana Mamombe, Netsai Marova and Cecilia Chimbiri in Harare after a flash demonstration outside the New Government Complex,” he said.

“The trio, who were in a Toyota Fortuner without number plates, followed a police vehicle with officers who had attended the scene and used abusive and obscene language on the officers, thus leading to their arrest.”

Mamombe and party colleagues made shocking claims they were seized by state agents soon after a flash anti-government demonstration at a Harare high density suburb to be driven to a secluded place outside Harare where they were subjected to sexual abuse, among the acts of physical and mental torture they allegedly went through.

After the incident, they were dumped near Bindura, a town that is nearly 70 kilometres north of Harare.

Police later arrested them for allegedly faking their abduction as well as taking part in a demonstration during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

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