‘Accused People Starving In Police Cells’

Bulawayo Central Police station has no food to feed accused people, forcing them to buy their food or to go hungry for several days.

This was revealed by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) during the trial of 19 Ugandan nationals who were arrested on Sunday along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road en route to South Africa for contravening the Immigration Act.

The Ugandans’ lawyer, Nqobani Sithole from the ZLHR said:

Your worship, I want to make it clear that my clients were denied food at the Bulawayo Central police station.

There is no food at the station. The ZLHR has been providing them with food from yesterday (Sunday) until today (Monday).

Bulawayo Magistrate Tinashe Tashaya sentenced the Ugandans to three months in prison.

He, however, wholly suspended the sentence on condition that they are not convicted of a similar offence within the same period.

The magistrate ordered the immediate deportation of the Ugandans.

More: New Zimbabwe.com

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