Police taken to court over new measures
In an urgent High Court application, the Young Lawyers Association of Zimbabwe and legal practitioner Nontokozo Tachiona cited police commissioner-general Godwin Matanga, national spokesperson Paul Nyathi and Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe as respondents.
The lawyers argued the police had unilaterally made a law by introducing the new measures when the Constitution does not empower them to do so.
“It is also their argument that the police intend to use the law which they created illegally at the expense of applicants’ fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution,” the court papers read.
“Applicants seek an interdict barring respondents from acting upon and giving effect to ZRP press statement issued on July 25, 2020 as well as declaring that press statement, on the return day, to be ultra vires Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020 as amended by Statutory Instrument 174 of 2020.”