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partisan police stole two years of my life: Manjoro
Mapuranga, The Zimbabwean
October 01, 2013
Cynthia Manjoro is a
bitter woman with no kind words for Zimbabwe’s criminal justice
delivery system, especially the police.
the police officers tasked to investigate
the murder of Inspector Petros Mutedza on May 29 2011 in Glen
View, Harare, are partisan and says their conduct throughout this
case should be probed.
“There is need
to take them back to the police school and teach them all over again
how to carry out their duties, if we are ever to have a professional,
credible and trusted police force,” Manjoro told The Zimbabwean
in an exclusive interview.
Citing her case as an
example, she said to deny an innocent person freedom by using her
as a bait to arrest another suspect is unacceptable. Manjoro was
arrested to enable the police to track down her boyfriend, Darlington
Madzonga – an abuse of the ZRP’s constitutional mandate.
was too lazy to do their job and because the whole justice delivery
system is not properly coordinated and full of corrupt individuals
I ended up paying the price for a crime that I did not commit,”
said Manjoro. “The whole ‘drama’ robbed me two
years of my life.”
Manjoro put on hold her
plans to pursue a Masters degree soon after her arrest in 2011.
“I was due to start studying for my Masters in Developmental
Studies at the National University of Science and Technology in
2011, but because of the forever pending court case, everything
had been shelved,” she said.
Manjoro recalled the
trauma of staying in prison under inhuman conditions and the painful
experience when her four-year-old son rejected her when she was
eventually released on bail in December 2012.
“Prison life was
not easy, and initially, I cried daily until I realised that I had
to live with what is there. I spent most of my time reading and
I taught one woman who was up for murder. I heard later that she
wrote her Grade 7 exams in prison,” she said.
“The conduct of
the police robbed me two years of my son’s life. I missed
his second birthday, his first day at pre-school and his first sports
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