Glen View 21 demand $65 000 each from police

HARARE - Acquitted Glen View murder suspects have notified Augustine Chihuri, the commissioner general of police, of their intention to sue after spending over two years in prison under inhuman conditions.

The acquitted suspects said they wore clothes which exposed their privates, lost their jobs and were subjected to ill-prepared non nutritious food while in prison.

Twenty-one out of 29 MDC activists who were on trial for the murder of inspector Petros Mutedza, who was murdered in 2011, were released by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu who said some were arrested even though they had provided alibis which were confirmed, while others were arrested without incriminating evidence.

Five of the 21 have written demanding $65 000 each for the emotional stress they went through in remand and defamation of their characters.

Kembo Mohadi, the Home Affairs minister, is also cited as a respondent. 

Tendai Chinyama, Augustine Tengenyika, Lovemore Taruvinga, Nyamadzawo Gapare and Francis told Chihuri and Mohadi that if the demands are not met “action in this regard will leave us no option but to institute proceedings without further notice to you.”

The case is being handled by the public interest litigation unit of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

According to Tengenyika, despite confirmation of his alibi, the police officers proceeded to his place of residence and conducted a search which “did not yield any incriminating material.

“As a result of false charges levelled against him by members of the ZRP, he spent a total of 10 months on remand at Harare Remand Prison, during which time he was subjected to inhuman degrading conditions including solitary confinement, wearing tattered clothing which exposed his privates and left him at the mercy of the elements as well as ill prepared food,” the notice reads.

The five allege that their names were soiled for many months as they were associated with murder of an officer of the law, and their acquittal does not negate the wrong done to their good names.

Chinyama also said he lost his job due to the prolonged detention.

“… and he is currently not employed, a situation which has left his family destitute as he was the principal breadwinner,” reads the notice.

Seven of the suspects are still under trial, while one Rebecca Mafukeni died in custody.

Comments (18)

do not try to fight the judicial system of our country by trying to outlaw arrests yet we know that your masters in US and Europe have prisons that are laden with unproven criminals.

willard sibanda - 22 October 2013

@Willard Sibanda, imbwa yemunhu

garwe - 22 October 2013

Shame on you Garwe!

Buba - 22 October 2013

Willard and Buba, u a so thick upstairs

njuga - 22 October 2013

njuga your parents must be so proud of you!One day it will be you in the cells and I wonder if you will still be singing your song?

buba - 22 October 2013

Yes, they should be compensated for the incarceration.

Haruna - 22 October 2013

Compensation from ZRP is needed. There was no evidence.

Worry - 22 October 2013

willard has a brain the size of a bean. if the courts found those people innocent ,who are you to stop them from claiming redress for damages suffered?if your zimbabwe is a country that respects the rule of law,as you claim,these people have done the civilised thing under the circumstances.my guess is either you were not properly brought up or you are functionally illiterate.or both.

mascara - 22 October 2013

wish u all the best. u deserve compensation.but knwing this system, u will be victimised, terrorised and threatened into submission.two years is a long period of tym.worse, for a crime u know nothing about

peripheral neuropathy - 22 October 2013

Aiwaiwa Jojo Siyanana nazvo Aiwawa Jojo Unozofa Aiwaiwa Jojo... ........................ kungoimbawo zvangu.

Munhu Chaiye - 22 October 2013

ITS PAINFUL WE SAY NO TO HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

49 styles - 22 October 2013

.......and Petrols Mutedza was just another object which had to be disposed I presume........

The Analyst - 22 October 2013

The figr is too small....they should review it...kugariswa mujeri usina mhosva is not easy....

Mujeri Ghadhi - 22 October 2013

willard sibanda and buba machende amai venyu, munhu 1 anopondwa nevanhu 21 wakazviwona kupi

serious chinja - 23 October 2013

mr editor i think you need to censor some of the comments, as much its people's right to say what they want some of the comments like serious chinjas, are not worth to be associated with, least you run risk of reader flight.

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Reducing Farming Costs - 23 October 2013

This is sweet music to my ears. Chihuri should not be allowed to get away with murder. Remember the lady who passed away in prison. Ensure that her family is also compensated

chokwadi - 23 October 2013

@serious chinja ...vanhu hundred vanogona kuponda munhu one....kutakachaiko nemipinyi matombo.. zvibhakera, so the same might have occurred to Petros Mutedza..... its only that wafa warova..... To those talking of human rights you are correct... be reminded that mutedza had also the right to live. ...Mafungiro anguwo..,. Don't waste time muchitukana

The analyst - 23 October 2013

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