HARARE: Although the author of the tweet took the treatment she received at an unnamed Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) station in Harare as tribalism, other people begged to differ and attributed this to pure unprofessionalism, harassment and incompetence.
Her name is Tsonga Mukololo, her crime was being a non-Shona speaking citizen of the country. She took to Twitter and shared her experience:
Recently, a photo of two minor children was circulated on social media, receiving a mixture of responses from the people. The mother of the children was allegedly arrested by the ZRP officers, who took the mother and left these children unattended. The mother’s crime was that, she was a vendor. Many felt that this act was barbaric and inhumane yet others blamed the mother of the children for breaking the law.
Surely, even if the mother had broken the municipal bylaws, a stern warning would have sufficed, selling tomatoes anywhere is better than stealing, or is it not? She clearly has little ones to feed and probably cannot afford childcare. This is not the era of leaving little ones unattended. Why did no-one care what would happen to those little kids?
Recently, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) chairperson Loice Matanda-Moyo during the International Anti-Corruption Day commemorations in Harare last week named ZRP as one of the most corrupt departments in government.
Matanda-Moyo said that three state entities were under surveillance by ZACC.
“VID, ZINARA, and ZRP have normalised corruption. They are now the most corrupt departments in government. We are seized with this cancer and quite a number of the employees in these state departments have been arrested in recent months,” she said.