Woman Sues Ministers For January Army And Police Crackdown

A Chinhoyi woman is suing the Minister of Defence, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Minister of Home Affairs, Cain Mathema for the violence she suffered at the hands of 4 soldiers during the crackdown on citizens by the military and police following the January protests.

The woman, Jestina Jonga, is suing for $300,000 and is being represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

Says Jonga’s court papers:

On the day in question (Jonga) was at her place of residence when four officers invaded her home and questioned the plaintiff in relation to the violence that had reportedly occurred in Chinhoyi CBD on the same day.

The said officers proceeded to assault the plaintiff with sticks on her thighs and legs. As a direct result of this assault, the plaintiff was severely injured on her leg and endured excruciating pain.

At all material times, the Zimbabwe National Army officers, who unlawfully assaulted the plaintiff, were acting within the scope of their duties and in the course of their employment with the defendants.

Defendants are therefore vicariously liable for the unlawful actions of their subordinates.”

More: The Standard

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