Home Affairs&Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe given two-week ultimatum by Magistrate Mazhande to pay RTGS$199 500 to Simon Mandoza, a student based in Gweru as compensation for damages he suffered when he was assaulted by Zimbabwe Police in 2018.
Magistrate Mazhande ruled that if Minister Kazembe Kazembe failed to pay compensation to Mandoza within 14 days, he will be sentenced to serve 60 days in prison.
Through his lawyer Fiona Iliff & Obey Shava of ZLHRLawyers, Mandoza sued Minister Kazembe Kazembe & Zimbabwean Police after cops arrested him on 20 September 2018 while he was standing outside a fast food outlet in Harare’s CBD, waiting for his brother to pick him up.
Unbeknown to him Zimbabwean Police were carrying out an operation against alleged informal traders in the CBD at that time. Mandoza was assaulted by a ZRP member with an open palm&then forced to get into the back of a ZRP vehicle.
While in the vehicle, the ZRP member poked Mandoza with his truncheon on his shoulder&at the back of his head, threatening him with further assault. He was finally taken to Harare Central Police Station, where he was finally released without a charge preferred against him.