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UZ Lecturer Demands Return Of Car Impounded During Police Blitz

UZ Lecturer Demands Return Of Car Impounded During Police Blitz

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is being sued by vehicle owners across the country whose cars were impounded by law enforcement agents.

On 15 January 2022, ZRP launched an operation targetting vehicles without number plates and licence discs and thousands of vehicles have been seized since then.

The police said the recent increase in armed robberies, theft, rapes and kidnappings, among other vices, were a result of unregistered vehicles which were used as getaway cars.

However, some motorists have opened civil cases against ZRP demanding their cars and payment for damages on their vehicles during the time they were impounded.

One such motorist is Tazorora Takunda Goto Musarurwa, a lawyer and lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).

Last week, Musarurwa filed an urgent chamber application at the Harare High Court citing police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, police officer commanding Traffic Harare Central and the City of Harare.

Musarurwa, through his lawyer, Advocate Benjamin Magogo, has demanded the return of his car which was impounded by the police. He said:

Applicant is the owner of a Mazda CX-5 motor vehicle and has been in possession of the vehicle at all relevant times.

The motor vehicle was duly imported into Zimbabwe but has not yet completed all registration formalities.

On January 15, 2022, a statement was issued by Chief Superintendent Blessmore Chishaka on behalf of the first respondent (Matanga) where it was stated that all plate-less, unregistered and unlicensed vehicles will be impounded and cases referred to court for prosecution.

The statement further said the operation is being conducted in order to account for the criminals who are committing crimes using these vehicles.

On January 19, 2022, the applicant’s motor vehicle was impounded by the police officers acting under the instruction of the first respondent.

No legal basis has been provided for such impounding other than the directive given by the first respondent.

The applicant has not been charged with any criminal offence and has only been told to obtain number plates in order to have his vehicle returned to him.

Musarurwa said his vehicle was taken to a compound owned by the second respondent (Officer in Charge Harare Central) where it is accruing storage charges of US$30 per day. He added:

On December 20, 2021, I entered into an agreement of sale with Ishmael Munjozi where I purchased a Mazda CX-5.

The vehicle was imported into Zimbabwe on November 11, 2021, and has temporary number plates indicating that the validity of the number plate is indefinite. These number plates are in the vehicle.

Musarurwa said he was arrested on 19 January 2022 despite showing the ZRP officers temporary plates and car documentation.

The officers insisted that they had strict instructions to impound all cars without number plates.

He said the vehicle was seized by the police but they did not give him any documentation to confirm the booking of the car as well as an accounting of the contents of the car.

Musarurwa is demanding the return of his vehicle upon the service of the court order by the sheriff and for the respondents to meet the cost of the suit.

The respondents are yet to file opposition papers on the matter.

More: The Zimbabwe Independent

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8 Comments

Chikandamina 5 months ago

Isai ma number plate s chete,tsotsi dziite Shoma.


Matrix 5 months ago

People can remove the plates for a period or pick from cars no longer in use. It's a tricky situation. However getting number plates is also good since it's also a fundraising opportunity for Government

Tkt 5 months ago

May i point this out ladies and gentlemen, i thought the BUSH LAWYER would point it out,

"" The vehicle was imported into Zimbabwe on November 11, 2021, and has temporary number plates indicating that the validity of the number plate is indefinite. These number plates are in the vehicle.""

All vehicle registration plates whether TEMPORARY or PERMANENT must be AFFIXED on the FRONT and REAR of a vehicle where they must be readily available to be seen and read at a DISTANCE by anyone
thus my fellow learned lawyer's case is naive here, HIS car's temporart plates where IN the vehicle and not AFFIXED to be readily available to,be SEEN & READ


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

YES LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT IS AN OFFENCE TO DRIVE A MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH IS UNREGISTERED AND NUMBER PLATELESS. SUCH MOTOR VEHICLES MUST IMPOUNDED AND THEIR OWNERS PROSECUTED.

SOME OWNERS OF THE VEHICLES WHICH WERE IMPOUNDED ARE NOW SUING THE POLICE. WILL THE POLICE NOT BE ORDERED TO PAY COMPENSATION BY THE HIGH COURT TO THE OWNERS OF THE VEHICLES THEY IMPOUNDED ?

I FIND IT ABSURD FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW POLICE TO IMPOUND THESE VEHICLES, YET IT WAS ONE OF ITS DEPARTMENTS, CVR, WHICH WAS OVERWHELMED BY THE OCASSION.

INSTEAD OF ALLOWING POLICE TO ENGAGE IN THIS OPERATION, MINISTER MHONA SHOULD HAVE DONE WHAT HE DID A WEEK AGO, WHERE HE VISITED CVR TO TRY AND CORRECT THE ANOMALIES WHICH ARE DELAYING NUMBER PLATES OUTPUT.

I SEE OUR GOVERNMENT PAYING HUGE SUMS OF MONEY IN COMPENSATION.

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Majeke 5 months ago

Complain against police you won't win my learned friend


Jimaz 5 months ago

You are very wrong my bro we have seen a lot of wins against police just recently and this one is an already won case coz it's CRV that is failing to cope with demand and like the lawyer said the operation is not backed by any legal provision

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Kule 5 months ago

Is there any country that oppresses its citizens more than munyika muno? Izvi zvanyanya.


Maseko 5 months ago

Wadzvinyirirwa papi? Pipo are being kidnapped, robbed thru use of vihicles without plates. Dzoro rizere mvura enda kuAmerica unodriver isina maplates coz hakuna vadzvinyiriri vacho😀😀😀😀


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