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ZRP Ordered To Pay $800k To Mbare Resident Arrested And Accused Of Being Homosexual By Cops

ZRP Ordered To Pay $800k To Mbare Resident Arrested And Accused Of Being Homosexual By Cops

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe and a police officer only identified as Mabika have been ordered by the court to pay ZWL$800 000 to a Mbare resident who was arrested by the police in 2021.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Tinashe Maumbe (24), a resident of Mbare, was arrested together with his friends Reward Majoni and Tinashe Majoni by ZRP officers on 16 January 2021.

The trio was walking past Matapi Police Station in Harare’s Mbare high-density suburb when the law enforcement agents manning the entrance to the police station enquired where the trio was going.

The ZRP officers allegedly accused Maumbe and his friends of being homosexuals and told them that homosexuality is not permitted in Zimbabwe.

The trio was subsequently detained by the police and no charges were preferred against them. In fact, they were jeered by cops and were only released after ZLHR lawyers intervened.

With the help of Tinashe Chinopfukutwa of ZLHR, Maumbe sued Matanga, Kazembe and Mabika by filing a summons in April 2021 at Harare Civil Magistrates Courts.

Maumbe demanded payment amounting to ZWL$900 000 as damages for unlawful arrest, detention, humiliation and embarrassment. Said ZLHR:

On 4 November 2022 and after presiding over the trial of Hon. Kazembe, Matanga and Mabika, Harare Magistrate Ayanda Dhlamini granted judgment in favour of Maumbe and ordered Matanga, Kazembe and Mabika to pay him ZWL800 000 as compensation for violation of his rights after ruling that ZRP officers had “hysterically” arrested the 24-year-old Mbare resident based on their personal opinion of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, queer and questioning people.

Out of the ZWL800 000, ZWL$400 000 is for damages for unlawful arrest and detention while ZWL$400 000 is compensation for inhuman and degrading treatment.

Magistrate Dhlamini further ruled that the police officers, who arrested Maumbe, were not even aware of the COVID-19 provisions, which they purported to have cited upon apprehending him.

The Magistrate concluded that Maumbe’s arrest and detention was unlawful and that the police officers had jeered at him and insulted him for allegedly being a homosexual and by so doing, violated his right to human dignity guaranteed in terms of provisions of section 51 of the Constitution.

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11 Comments

. 2 months ago

magistrate Dhlamini munogona basa imi piwai chigaro cha Priscilla chigumba nyika inoenda mberi dai murimi murikutonga ya sikhala zvakatofamba soo


cadre 2 months ago

🙈


2 months ago

They must pay more coz is phycological disturbed


2 months ago

This is the calibre of law enforcement agents we have in Zim They concentrate on petty issues when real criminals are roaming our streets The sad thing is that it's most likely that the damages will not come from the officer's pocket It's the taxpayer who is going to foot the bill for the force's shortcomings What a shame


Putin 2 months ago

Mari yacho unozoipiwa December next year yakuenzana ne $20US


2 months ago

Mutongi iyeye ingochaniwo futi nxaaaaa


CID 2 months ago

They asked for 800k last year I don't think like now ichine same value considering also inogona kubuda next year


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Tateguru 2 months ago

I think mapurisa should have a minimum of three years training. Izvi zvekuti after only six months wakutosunga vanhu citing mutemo ummmm.
Lawyer anoitwa 3 or 4 good years paVhaa akazopotsawo wani?


poprisi 2 months ago

kamupurisa kanisunga minister or mp even lawyer wachho anotosungwa ne6mopnths graduate iroro

CID 2 months ago

😜🤪😜🤪😜


PEACE 🕊️ 2 months ago

😂😂😂😂😂



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