Chitungwiza Mayor Lovemore Maiko, who was allegedly beaten by soldiers and policemen on Sunday evening, has expressed shock at the behaviour of the security forces who demanded money from him.
The MDC Alliance politician was allegedly assaulted by four soldiers and two police officers on his way to park his vehicle after he had rushed to a clinic a resident who needed urgent medical attention.
Maiko says it was baffling how the security forces expected him to fulfil his duty as a representative of the people.
“What baffles me is that we are representatives of the people”.
“They happen cases of emergency when people come to us for assistance. Should I refuse to assist people for fear of being victimised?
“When they were beating me they never bothered to state what my crime was. After beating me they demanded money from me again”, he said.
Maiko added that the security officers — who demanded that he leave his car, keys and two cellphones after failing to bribe them — took turns to beat him up, turning a deaf ear to circumstances that forced him to travel during that time.
There has been a spike in cases of abuse of civilians in the aftermath of the imposition of a curfew by President Mnangagwa.
The curfew is allegedly aimed at fighting Covid19.