Tawanda Major has sued the Zimbabwe Republic Police for unlawful arrest, assault and defamation. This follows a case in which Major was alleged to have defrauded an EcoCash agent of $3 000 after posing as a minister. However, the Magistrate’s Court threw out the fraud charges against Major saying his rights had been violated in the process of his arrest and stay in police custody. Major also claims that the crime in question was committed by his ex-wife without his help. He further alleges that despite telling the police all this, they assaulted him while he was in custody and told him that they were not going to release him until they caught his ex-wife.
Major is now suing Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo, Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and three detectives for $600 000.
Part of his court papers read:
Upon identifying themselves, the said persons (three detectives) went on to indicate that plaintiff’s former wife had borrowed money to the tune of $3 000 from an EcoCash agent, which was operated by the third defendant (Superintendent Dafana of Commercial Crimes Unit).
Plaintiff later learnt from a newspaper publication in The Herald that the said person (EcoCash agent) was, in fact, Enia Dafana. The third to fifth defendants advised plaintiff that they were going to detain him until his former wife had returned.
Plaintiff even advised the police officers that he had separated with Daisy Hazvinavarwi and that on separation she took her belongings, but this still yielded no positive results.