Home affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe and police chiefs have been sued by the ‘Maldives Six’, which is the name given to six human rights activists who were arrested and charged with plotting to topple President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government in 2019.
The six activists who were acquitted of all charges are demanding US$300,000. The activists were arrested on arrival at Robert Gabriel Mugabe Airport after attending a civil society workshop in the Maldives. The workshop was organized by a Serbian non-governmental organisation, Centre for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies.
The Maldives Six are demanding US$50 000 each from Kazembe Kazembe, Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, Officer-in-Charge CID Law and Order, Detective Assistant Inspector Ben Justin, Detective Constable Mutuzungari, and Prosecutor-General Kumbirai Hodzi.
The US$50 000 is broken down as follows; US$15,000 for wrongful arrest, $5 000 general damages for pain, shock and suffering, US$10 000 for malicious prosecution, US$5 000 for loss of income, US$5,000 for travel, accommodation, subsistence and legal expenses.
A hearing date is yet to be set down.