* Corrupt police rile motorists with roadblocks every few metres.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) losing candidate for Mutare North Irimayi Mukwishu had his Toyota Duet impounded by police on Tuesday for failing to produce a ZBC licence.
Lawyers immediately blasted the police action, saying they were upholding “obnoxious broadcasting laws”.
“Zimbabwean police on Tuesday 18 March 2014 impounded a vehicle belonging to a motorist in Mutare, Manicaland province and charged him with breaching the country’s obnoxious broadcasting laws for allegedly failing to display a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation radio listeners’ licence,” said the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesman, Kumbirai Mafunda. “The vehicle, a Toyota duet, belonging to Irimayi Mukwishu, the MDC-T losing candidate for Mutare North parliamentary constituency was impounded along the Mutare-Masvingo highway and ‘detained’ at Mutare Central Police Station’s Traffic Section.”
Mafunda said the police, who recorded a warned and cautioned statement from Mukwishu charged the motorist, who was represented by Blessing Nyamaropa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights with contravening Section 38 of the Broadcasting Services Act Chapter 12:06 after they accused him of possessing a receiver which is not authorized by a licence.
“Mukwishi was released after the intervention of ZLHR and the police indicated that they will summon the motorist to stand trial in court once they are ready to proceed with the matter while the ‘detained’ vehicle was released,” said Mafunda.