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1 August Army Shooting Victim Wins $3 Million Compensation

1 August Army Shooting Victim Wins $3 Million Compensation

Defence and War Veterans Minister Oppah Muchinguri, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, have been ordered to pay ZWL$3 million in compensation to a victim of the 1 August 2018 shootings by the army.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Zakeo Mutimutema filed an application for damages caused to his eyes after some glass particles got into his eyes when armed soldiers shot at a building housing his offices on 1 August 2018 while dispersing protestors.

Mutimutema worked for the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) at the time.

Mutimutema was initially awarded ZWL$295 000 as damages in November 2020, but Muchinguri, Kazembe and Matanga reneged on paying.

This compelled his lawyer, Obey Shava of ZLHR in 2021 to file an application seeking to amend MutimutemaÔÇÖs summons arguing that the compensation award had been significantly eroded by inflation.

In response, Harare Magistrate Lazini Ncube ordered Muchinguri, Kazembe and Matanga to pay ZWL$3 million to Mutimutema.

Of the ZWL$3 million, ZWL$2 million will cover current and future medical expenses to be incurred by Mutimutema, ZWL$500 000 is for pain and suffering while ZWL$500 000 will cater for general damages.

Six people were shot dead and dozens injured when soldiers opened fire on protestors in central Harare.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa later appointed a commission of inquiry chaired by former South African President, Kgalema Motlanthe, to probe the killings.

The Motlanthe commission recommended that government should compensate all the victims of the shootings and prosecute the perpetrators.

But four years on, victims have not yet been compensated, while there has been no prosecution of the perpetrators.

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9 Comments

Ed 2 months ago

3k usd.. Asi ma gold coin yo tenga akat kut... Zanu ngaibve boyz


bebo 2 months ago

Zakeo mutimutema apa zakeo wemubhaibheri akakwira mumuti zvinhu zvacho


kdb 1 month ago

yaa Wataura wanguu bcz vakambozvirambaaa

Yung citizen 2 months ago

Pindula can I ask .....ko y vakabvuma compensation ivo through the Monthlante commission vakati mnhu akashudha mnhu havamuzive n is neither from the army nor police .....


2 months ago

unobva wazvishaya kuti ko chava chii futi

factos 2 months ago

this shall be paid when has been eroded by inflation again.

mark my words


Student 2 months ago

Pindula, please can you ask on our behalf: When is the War Veterans Educational Assistance going to pay our fees
??? We are stuck


pk 1 month ago

next year- free education saka don't worry mwana wa warvet

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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

@YUNG CITIZEN, It was in their defense during the committee hearing when security forces argued that they were not the ones who shot the people. But in the final Kgalema Motlanthe Commission, concluded that people were shot at by security forces and must be compensated and culprit soldiers prosecuted.

Government ignored paying the compensation resulting in Mutimutema suing government on his own with the help of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

This case is a test case. Those injured in those shooting disturbances must sue government in their own rights with the help of lawyers. Most are likely to succeed.

[ THIS GOVERNMENT HAS NO MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS [ TSITSI ].

[ ALL CITIZENS MUST REGISTER TO VOTE AND VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].

Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].



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