Gutu woman who spent 7 hours chained for destroying church built on wetlands narrates ordeal

Mrs Anna Masungakoto of Ngundu Village in Gutu while chained to a fence with handcuffs by a police officer has spoken out.

Said Masungakoto:


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The police officers approached me when I was in my maize field fetching some maize cobs and pulled out handcuffs to arrest me and when I asked why they were doing they said I was responsible for destroying the church (built 0n wetlands) in the village. I asked why they were targeting me alone yet the church in question was destroyed by all the villagers in the area and the cops said I was supposed to reveal the identities of the other alleged perpetrators.

She said that she wrestled with the police officers as they tried to handcuff her before they overpowered her and dragged her. Said Musangakoto:

I refused to be taken to Nyamandi High School, where they wanted to take me and they started dragging me, even touching me on sensitive areas, something which I do not know whether or not police are allowed to do when arresting a suspect.

Ngundu Village Committee member, Mr Cassian Jaravaza confirmed the incident. However, chief police national spokesperson senior assistant Charity Charamba said she had not heard the story while Zimrights director Mr Okay Machisa said that his organisation will make sure that justice prevails.

More: Herald

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