Chipinge Magistrate Poterai Gwezhira ruled that Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri and members of the ZRP to pay $5 000 in compensation to 6 villagers from Chinyamukwakwa. The six were assaulted by police officers for trespassing on the sugarcane plantation belonging to business Billy Rautenbach. The six were represented by Langton Mhungu of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights after the intervention of youth empowerment group Platform for Youth Development (PYD).
Part of Magistrate Gwezhira’s ruling reads:
There will be an order for the plaintiffs against the defendants jointly and severally, the one paying the other to be absolved for payment of the sum $5000 for pain and suffering to each plaintiff.
Payment of the sum of $901.80 to Vaina Ndlovu, $735 to Samson Muyambo and $60 Chipo Shiripinda being medical expenses incurred.
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