The Zimbabwe Republic Police says medical personnel have confirmed that the baby seen in a social media video titled ‘Police officer strikes, kills little baby with a baton stick in Harare’ is alive.
In a statement, ZRP spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi disputed that the baby was hit by Baton Stick however the police officer smashed a windscreen and the fragments hit the mother and baby.
“The public is advised that comprehensive investigations conducted by the police have revealed that a team of police officers was on traffic enforcement duties along Second Street near Bindura bound commuter rank, Harare on 4th of January 2021…when one of the members tried to arrest a kombi crew for picking passengers at an undesignated point and contravening Covid-19 regulations.
“The member smashed a windscreen on the kombi and the fragments hit the mother and the baby. A fracas occurred as the mother and members of the public remonstrated against the officers.”
Nyathi said the mother and the baby were then taken to Westend Clinic where medical checks revealed that no injuries had been sustained by the baby or mother however the two parties decided to keep quiet about the matter.
Assistant commissioner said ZRP does not condone acts of smashing kombis’ windscreens and action will be taken against the errant officers.