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Civic group protests police conduct

In a letter dated March 8 2012, Bulawayo Agenda said peace and credible elections in Zimbabwe could only be achieved if the police were “depoliticised” and trained on the importance of upholding human rights.

“We are very much concerned and disturbed by the increase in the shrinking of the civic operating space as evidenced by arrests and intimidation of civic activists, journalists and even other political parties,” said Bulawayo Agenda director, Thabani Nyoni.

The letter  was copied to the Sadc facilitator, South African President Jacob Zuma, Home Affairs ministers Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makone.

It was also copied to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) negotiators and the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic).

MDC-T has on several occasions accused the police of openly supporting Zanu PF.

The party’s deputy organising secretary last week said MDC-T was documenting names of all police officers who are harassing civilians, politicians and human rights activists so that they can be prosecuted and fired from the police force in future.

Chihuri has openly declared his support for Zanu PF although he is supposed to be apolitical.

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