Joana with her lawyer

Harare West MP Joanna Mamombe says she miscarried when she was detained by the police. She is now suing the Zimbabwe Republic Police for US$120 000.

Mamombe  was charged with violating the Electoral Act and detained in police cells pending her initial court appearance the next day at the Harare Magistrates Court.

Mamombe said that at the time of arrest, she was two months pregnant and a day after release from the police custody, she had a miscarriage, which she claimed was caused by the traumatic experience and stress she underwent while in police custody.

“We contend that the conduct of the police amounts to gross violation of our client’s right to personal liberty and dignity. It is further a gross violation of the unborn baby’s right to life as enshrined in the Zimbabwe Constitution and various international treaties on human rights,” her lawyer, Obey Shava said.