Zimbabwe Republic Police officers last wee left a Harare man with a fractured hand when they assaulted him for defying the regulations of the 21-day national lockdown.
The 27-year-old Tendai Mtombeni who resides in Warren Park, Harare was left unconscious on Friday night and only regained consciousness on Saturday after being admitted to a local private medical facility with the help of the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights.
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Mtombeni, a car washer, told NewsDay on Sunday that he was going to Warren Park shops to get change for his customer when he met more than 50 police officers in a truck who assaulted him.
He alleges that a female officer started assaulting him whilst he was explaining where he was going and her colleagues disembarked from the truck and joined in the assault. He narrated:
They took my Nokia mobile phone and the money and they went away with it. I sustained injuries on my head, hand and all over my body. They left me unconscious and I don’t know how I got home.
ZADHR board secretary Norman Matara claims that a CT scan on Mtombeni revealed that he had fractured his left hand.
Meanwhile, police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi says that no report has been made over the matter.