The Acting Prosecutor-General Kumbirai Hodzi said that soldiers and police officers did not kill anyone during last weeks’ violent protests. At least 12 people were reportedly killed.
Hodzi revealed that his office is not anxious to prosecute members of the security forces who allegedly shot and killed protestors. Instead, he is keen on prosecuting those who killed a police officer in Bulawayo.
In a telephone interview with Newsday, Hodzi had this to say:
No one was killed by the police or any security member, but we have a case of a police officer who was killed by organisers of these protests. We have police stations that were destroyed; we have vehicles that were burnt.
… I am saying no one was killed by a police officer or a security agent. Let it be known that it is bad for people to kill a police officer on duty. As a law officer, we will not tolerate that.
Hodzi’s denial comes after Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President, George Charamba, told State media that the brutal crackdown on protestors was a harbinger of things to come. Charamba revealed that the government will make amendments to the constitution in order to curtail the people’s rights to demonstrate.