copac crowd2 01.11.10.jpgPolice have dismissed reports from certain sections of the media that a person was stabbed at a constitution outreach programme at St. Johns Retreat in Waterfalls, saying the outreach meetings held in Harare were done in a peaceful environment.


Harare Province Police Spokesperson, Inspector James Sabau, said contrary to some media reports quoting COPAC co-Chairperson, Mr Douglas Mwonzora confirming a violent incident at the retreat, police details at the outreach meeting did not witness any violent scenes and the complainant’s report shows that he was attacked well after the meeting.


“It is surprising that some sections of the media are running the story without a confirmation from the police. The truth about the matter is that the complainant reported the case at 1640hrs indicating that he was attacked at 1540hrs and yet the outreach meeting had ended at 1515hrs. This case might have nothing to do with COPAC,” Inspector Sabau said.


Inspector Sabau said the complainant’s assailants have not yet been nabbed, adding that what is making police investigations difficult is the fact that the complainant decided to get treatment at a private hospital instead of the government institution as instructed by the police.


He said the complainant who made the assault report at Waterfalls police station is not being cooperative with the police, making the investigations difficult.


Inspector Sabau made it clear that the Harare outreach meetings, which resumed on Saturday and ended on Sunday was conducted and concluded peacefully.