In a statement, Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said they have arrested a police officer who was filmed by Sky News beating a handcuffed man along Chiremba road in Harare.
Charamba said they managed to identify the person as Constable Makumire. She said Makumire is on suspension and is on bail for contravening section 113 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act, Chapter 9:23 “Theft” (four counts). She said Makumire was not on official duty during the time he assaulted the handcuffed person. We publish the full statement below:
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has made inroads into a case of assault by security agents, involving a handcuffed person along Chiremba road, Harare as seen in a video clip by Sky News on Monday 28 January 2019.
Number 066913F Constable Makumire was suspended from performing active police duties in September 2018 and is on bail for contravening section 113 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act, Chapter 9:23 “Theft” (four counts). ZRP Harare Central Crime Register 2632 — 5/09/18 and Rotten Row Court Record Book Number 11419/18 refer.
Constable Makumire is seen in the video clad in civilian attire with a satchel strapped on his back assaulting the victim. The member was not on official duty during the time of the offence as he is on suspension. He has since been arrested and is assisting the police with investigations into the current case.
The security services have always been emphasizing that bogus and rogue elements are responsible for acts of lawlessness which are tarnishing the good standing of security services. Earlier reports had indicated that the video was shot in 2016, however upon further clarification from the investigating team it was established that the video was actually shot on Saturday 26 January 2019. Investigations are widening to account for the remaining members of the security services captured in the video.
We are therefore appealing to members of the public who may have suffered similar ordeals, to come forward and make reports at their nearest police station.