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Above the Law: 'Police are Free to Urinate in Public,' Minister

Harare – Public indecency, urinating in public are almost identical – and unlawful – but others think otherwise. This shocking revelation...

Harare – Public indecency, urinating in public are almost identical – and unlawful – but others think otherwise.

This shocking revelation was made by Home Affairs Deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni in the National Assembly, while responding to a question from Matabeleland South MDC senator Sithembile Mlotshwa.

The increase of roadblocks on Zimbabwe roads has not only irked motorists and the travelling public – but privacy has been compromised.
Police Roadblock
“According to the Constitution, police are bringing peace, investigating crime, preventing crimes and they are also doing it on behalf of every ministry that is in Zimbabwe. So, if there is an Act that is being provided by the ministry heading the environment, saying no one should urinate behind a tree, police will enforce that one,” he said.

Contrary, urinating in public can lead to arrest.

“That is the duty and we do not enforce anything which is not lawful and where we do, not have an Act to act upon it, we will act only when there is an Act that has been passed and is given to us to make the people act lawfully.

He added: “Therefore, if urinating behind the tree is now illegal, the police will be informed by the Environment minister.”

Mlotshwa reasoned that, it was illegal under the Environmental Management Act to urinate in the open, as the police would be polluting the environment.

“I want to know what the government policy is because your department is the one that deals with apprehending the wrong doers to maintain law and order.”

Defecating in public has irked the public, added Mlotshwa.

“How do they manage to apprehend the air polluters since we see your officers at the roadblocks urinating and defecating in the open and affecting people by the nature’s smell? How do they apprehend the public?”

Without mobile toilets, police often use bushy areas to relieve themselves.

“There is the Environmental Management Act and I think it provides that all the waste be put in a toilet. So, if the police do not know that by now, we are in danger because we are going to be infected,” argued Mlotshwa. Sources  

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