The Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana said that 78 police officers were injured during the January protests which rocked the country after a fuel price hike was announced.
Mangwana said that Harare recorded the highest number of injured officers, with 56, while Bulawayo was second with 16 injuries. Said Mangwana:
In every modern country, deliberate targeting of police officers or other law enforcement agents is considered much more serious than any such crime when committed against a civilian.
This led to the United States passing the Protect and Serve Act of 2018. In this law, if you even as much as attempt to assault a law enforcement officer you will face 10 years in prison.
In Britain, they also passed the Emergency Workers (offences) Act, 2018. This doubled the sentence against any attacks on emergency workers including police officers.
Between January the 14th -16th, 2019 Zimbabwe experienced an unprecedented number of targeted attacks against the police even at their own bases.