When the State Turns Against its Own Citizens: Revisiting Police Brutality as an Obstacle to Peace and Development in Zimbabwe
This analysis comes at a strategic yet uncertain period in Zimbabwe when the nation is going through a political transition. A lot ofuncertainty surrounds the outcome of this transition. Since the 1980s, Zimbabwe has been entrenched in a plethora of crises including vast human rights abuses hinged on pervasive police brutality. The police have increasingly become predatory against the Zimbabwean populace, followed by disappearances of human rights defenders and activists. Elections have always been marred by political violence perpetrated by both State and non-state actors to the detriment of human rights and good governance. Whilst the leadership in the governing party has aged, the mantra 'Save Zimbabwe' has become vibrant. Efforts to thwart democratic movements have failed in Zimbabwe. Given the oncoming 2018 elections in Zimbabwe, this paper seeks to examine the impact of police brutality and explore the pros and cons of such attitudes and behaviours so as to recommend how Zimbabwe can mitigate police brutality and foster tolerance, co-existence, peace, development and human security.
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