, HARARE, May 22 – Zimbabwe’s police force have detained three of its officers for attending a rally of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party, a rights group said Wednesday.
An internal police court sentenced Courage Manyengavana, Marshall Zindoga and Lovemore Mupedzapasi to 14 days detention for “acting in a manner which brought disrespect to the Zimbabwe Republic Police,” according to Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
“They are currently serving their eleventh day of incarceration,” the rights group said.
The officers reportedly attended the rally of Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party while off duty.
The head of the party’s youth wing Solomon Madzore was later charged with insulting President Robert Mugabe after calling him “a limping donkey” at the same rally.
Police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri openly supports Mugabe and says officers with a contrary view have no place in the force.
Zimbabwe is due to hold new elections later this year.