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BULAWAYO traffic cops Saturday beat up and injured a magistrate after he allegedly failed to produce a driver’s licence at road block.

Tawanda Muchemwa, who operates from the Tredgold Magistrate Courts, was manhandled by two officers manning the roadblock, following a misunderstanding between the cops and Muchemwa.

The incident which happened in full glare of the public, took place just outside Renkini long distance bus terminus, where Muchemwa had gone to drop off a colleague.

NewZimbabwe.com heard that upon being stopped at the roadblock for a routine search, Muchemwa was asked to produce his driver’s licence and since he was blocking traffic he requested to park his vehicle by the roadside.

However, one of the police details took this as an excuse by Muchemwa to speed off and make good his escape and proceeded to remove the keys from the ignition.

This did not go down well with Muchemwa who challenged the police action and the two unidentified police officers responded by forcibly dragging him out of his vehicle and beating him up.

In his defence, Muchemwa produced his work identification card but the police officers dismissed it as fake and proceeded to manhandle him.

He was later taken to Mzilikazi Police Station, a stone’s throw from the busy terminus, where he was detained for a few hours before he was rescued by his lawyer.

Muchemwa confirmed the incident to this publication.

“The behaviour shown by those police officers was uncalled for. There was a misunderstanding between us, I requested to park my vehicle on the side of the road but they thought I wanted to speed away and they forcibly took my keys.

“I removed my work ID and showed them but they dismissed it as fake. They dragged me out of the vehicle and assaulted me for about 10 minutes,” said Muchemwa.

This incident comes after the SADC Lawyers Association urged SADC governments to train their police forces in human rights, investigation and law in order to improve the administration of justice.

“Police officers must be exposed to continuous professional and investigative skills training and human rights and constitutional law capacitation, so as to improve their effectiveness and protection of members of the public,” the group’s communique read in part.

Bulawayo police provincial spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo was not immediately available for a comment.

Source : New Zimbabwe