27 October 2017
AS PARLIAMENT drama unfolded Wednesday, a female legislator wept uncontrollably alleging that a police officer had fondled her breasts and buttocks.
Business in the August House came to a halt as the legislator under Proportional Representation, Susan Matsunga narrated how she had been allegedly sexually harassed by a police officer.
“Handisi h..e ini asi ndabatwa zamu ne g..o nemapurisa. Chokwadi here kundibata zamu ini,” said Hon Matsunga before she wept uncontrollably.
Responding to Hon Matsunga’s report, Deputy Speaker Honourable Mabel Chinomona said they would use video footages to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment by police on the legislator.
“I have heard you, since we have video footages from the time police got into these premises, we will use the same videos to investigate the alleged sexual harassment,” she said.
Another legislator, Hon Lwazi Sibanda went on to allege that a police officer had put his hand in her skirt, tearing her under garment before she went to show the Deputy Speaker the torn under garment.
The drama leading to the alleged harassment had ensued as police were called into the August House to evict Budiriro legislator, Machingauta Costa, for dressing which was deemed unfit for Parliamentary business.
The police were called in after Hon Machingauta had resisted the order by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament who had asked sergeant-at-arms to evict him.