Torture victim granted $3 000

HARARE - Two Manicaland Zanu PF supporters have been ordered to pay $3 000 to a man they facilitated torture for in the run-up to the 2008 harmonised election.

Nyasha Gutsire was awarded $3 000 damages.  

High Court Judge Justice Tedious Karwi ordered Mathew Makanyanga and Nicholas Matsivira to pay Gutsire $3 000.

“That defendants, jointly and severally, one paying the other to be absolved, pay the plaintiff the sum of $3 000 being damages for shock, pain and suffering, contumelia and unlawful arrest and detention,” the judge said.

Karwi said in his ruling the assault was brutal and unprovoked.

“Such conduct was wrongful and unlawful. I have no hesitation in finding the defendants liable for the claim raised by the plaintiff,” Justice Karwi ruled.

Circumstances leading to the suit were that Gutsire was assaulted by a group of Zanu PF supporters in 2008 after being handed to the lynch mob by the two.

The court heard that Gutsire boarded a lorry and joined Makanyanga, who was Zanu PF’s ward 32 chairperson and Matsivira, the party’s youth district chairperson, who were already on board.

While in the lorry, Gutsire is said to have started talking about an assault that had been perpetrated by Zanu PF supporters in Nyamaropa a few weeks earlier.

After the narration of the incident, Makanyanga and Matsivira accused Gutsire of being an MDC follower and claimed that he was part of the people that had assaulted Zanu PF supporters.

According to court documents, Gutsire realised that he was in trouble after Makanyanga disembarked from the car at Boore Shopping Centre and had a conversation with the lorry driver.

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