MDC Alliance Activist To Sue ZRP For Leaking Her Semi-Nude Photos
Cecilia Chimbiri has said she will sue Zimbabwe Republic Police following the leaking of her half-naked photos on social media after her abduction, Open Parly reports. Chimbiri’s lawyer Rose Hanzi has written to the Police Chief Godwin Matanga asking that the police fully investigate to determine how and under whose instruction “photographs of our client have been disseminated”
Chimbiri’s lawyers wrote:
We are extremely concerned that the dissemination of the said photographs is in direct violation of the guidelines provided in the 2012 Protocol on Multi-Sectoral Management of Sexual Abuse and Violence in Zimbabwe. The ZRP is a signatory to this protocol and all its officers are bound by its provisions,
Further be advised that we will be taking legal action against all those responsible in their official and individual capacities for damages. Accordingly, this letter serves as due notice in terms of Section 6 of the State Liabilities Act.
We further advise that we will not hesitate to invoke all constitutional and legal remedies available to our client, including suing all police officers, as well as the command structure involved in the present obtaining violation of our clients’ rights. Further, be advised that we will be taking legal action against all those responsible in their official and individual capacities for damages
According to Hanzi, the leaked photos were taken by a female police officer identified as Chief Superintendent Philip as evidence gathering for the purpose of the investigation, and it was brought to her attention that photos of her client taken ZRP’s Chief Superintendent Philip were circulating on different social media platforms.
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