Human Rights activist Jestina Mukoko has finally received her $150 000 compensation for torture at the hands of the state. She was abducted from her Norton home in December 2008 by suspected state security agents for her work with the Zimbabwe Peace Projects he founded and tortured for several days.
Mukoko was granted damages to the tune of $100 000 and $50 000 in legal costs by the High Court in October this year.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com Mukoko said
We reached a settlement in October and they were supposed to have paid up by the 31st October which did not happen.
I was actually thinking that the years were going to build up again, but the beginning of December a few days ago, they did credit my account.
Obviously, we cannot say that justice has been realised because I am aware that I was not the only one who was abducted at the time that I was abducted.
… And there are people who were also abducted before me and people who were abducted after me. So, I think the State has just taken the first step and I think if we are going to say justice has been delivered, they need to be able to take into account all the other instances of enforced disappearances and, in particular, pay attention to those who have never been found after they disappeared.
… It will not make for the lost time as my liberty and all other human rights accorded to me by virtue of my being human were unjustifiably curtailed, nor will it provide solace for my traumatised family, my mother, my son brother and extended family, friends and other peace-loving citizens.
Jestina Mukoko is a Zimbabwean born Human rights activist who has gained international recognition for campaigning against human rights abuses as well as denouncing gender based violence. Mukoko is also the former national director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project which monitors and documents political violence... Read More About Jestina Mukoko