Zim gogo challenges government on police brutality

Soldiers, police join Zim protestsFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE Zimbabwean government is facing yet another lawsuit following persistent brutality by its police against members of the public.
A sickly grandmother, Lillian Chinyerere (63), is demanding $13 500 (R177 000) compensation from Home Affairs Minister, Ignatius Chombo, and Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner-General, Augustine Chihuri, for damages arising from the brutal assault she suffered at the hands of officers last year.
Armed riot police officers assaulted Chinyerere, a resident of Chitungwiza, about 25 kilometres outside Harare, near the city’s magistrates court in August, at the height of demonstrations against President Robert Mugabe.
She was repeatedly kicked with booted feet and struck several times with truncheons.
According to summons filed in the High Court by her representative Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Chinyere, who is diabetic and suffers from high blood pressure, suffered physical harm and humility.
She suffered injuries to her back and shoulder and has been unable to proceed with her job as a tailor. She has been relying on well-wishers for her sustenance.
A representative of the defendant has dismissed Chinyere’s allegations of assault, claiming she wanted to tarnish the police’s image.
Zimbabwean police are infamous for brutalising critics of Mugabe but have been forced to compensate some victims lately.
In March, a magistrate in the eastern Mutare ordered an officer’s salary to be garnished to compensate a student he tortured during demonstrations by scholars.
CAJ News

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