Govt Refuses To Compensate 64-Year-old ‘Gogo’ Beaten By Group Of Police Officers In 2016

The Minister of Home Affairs Cain Matema and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga have refused to pay compensation to a victim of police brutality, 64-year-old Gogo Lillian Chinyerere.

They approached the High Court seeking a reversal of a ruling compelling the police to pay $13 500 compensation to Chinyerere. Through their lawyer Kenias Chimiti from Civil Division of the Attorney-General’s Office, they said:

This is an application for rescission of default judgments handed down in Harare by Honourable Justices Zhou and Mathonsi on June 29, 2018, and September 19, 2018, respectively.

The failure neither to attend the court nor to defend the application was because of the above circumstances. I hereby make an application for rescission of the order of this honourable court under HC 11969/16 which was sought erroneously.

The applicants (Matanga and Mathema) position is that they had not deployed any police officers at the entrance where the applicant was allegedly assaulted. The respondent (Chinyerere) bases her claim on a picture which is not visible and which picture the original is not known and has not been supplied to court.

More: Newsday

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