Zvishavane Riot Police escort MDC-T members to the station (file pic)
ZVISHAVANE - Officer-in-Charge Zvishavane police camp, Chief Inspector Kota Mhike was last week bamboozled in front of magistrate Shepherd Munjanja during the trial of seven MDC-T members accused of public violence as lawyers of the accused took turns to fire him with questions that he failed to answer.
Despite reportedly serving in the police force for 25 years, Mhike showed no guts or experience of defending his actions when asked to justify why he ordered his officers to break a court-sanctioned rally.
"May this honourable court protect me your worship," Mhike kept on saying while sweating profusely.
He appeared before the magistrate as the first respondent to explain why he had unlawfully ordered the arrest and detention of the seven opposition supporters.
Mhike's heavily armed officers disrupted an MDC-T rally that was scheduled for Sunday the November 6, 2016 despite the fact that the High Court had sanctioned the rally.
After disrupting the court sanctioned rally, the officer-in-charge reportedly ordered his subordinates to arrest Trynos Shava, Clifford Mulingwa, Tendai Tswana, Tobias Moyo, Patrick Museva, Tapiwa Shava and Lameck Sateko.
The seven were represented by lawyers from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and they were all freed after the court found the State's arguments baseless.news