Harare, (New Ziana) – Police said on Thursday they were investigating circumstances under which two minor children were placed in police cells together with their arrested mother in contravention of the law.
The investigation was triggered after a photograph of the trio in police cells went viral on social media.
The incident occurred at Rhodesville Police Station in Harare.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is now conducting investigations with the view of finding out what really transpired and take remedial action,” police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police remains committed to the observance of human rights, rights of children and will ensure that police officers perform their duties in accordance with set standards, Police Client Service Charter and above all, Section 219 of the Constitution of the country.”
Section 219 of the Constitution outlines the functions of the police service and demand that its duties be carried out in a non-partisan and professional manner.
Nyathi said the “unfortunate incident will not be allowed to happen again” while appealing for calm from the outraged public as investigations continue.