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Musasa castigates Marlborough police

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Marlborough police have come under fire from Musasa Project for their alleged failure to handle gender-based violence cases, probably resulting in continued abuse of women by their spouses.
Speaking at a memorial service for the late Charity Mukarati Sabau, the woman who was allegedly shot dead by her husband in Marlborough about two years ago, Musasa Project director Netty Musanhi blamed Sabau’s death on officers at Marlborough Police Station.
“I have no apology to make because that particular police station failed to assist that woman, resulting in her death,” Musanhu said. “I have other examples of cases that were referred to Harare Central when that police station failed to take action.”
Musanhu said police at Marlborough trivialised domestic violence cases reported to them, adding it was ironic that a woman was in charge at that police station.
“We wrote a petition that we sent to the police, the Attorney General and the Chief Magistrate about how this matter was handled, but the response we got from the police was most unexpected. The woman we dealt with at Interpol offices threatened Musasa Project with closure because we had exposed police inefficiency at Marlborough Police Station,” Musanhu said.
Musanhu however praised Attorney General Johannes Tomana and Chief Magistrate Hlekani Mwayera, who have both agreed to work closely with the organisation in its fight against gender-based violence.
Speaker after speaker condemned the attitude of the police towards women survivors of violence and said it seemed as though perpetrators were treated with respect.

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