The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has taken Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube and Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to the High Court seeking an order declaring them to be in contempt of court for failing to pay RTGS$17 000 to human rights activist Sydney Chisi who was assaulted by the lawmen during a 2015 demonstration.
Chisi is a director of the Youth Initiative for Democracy in Zimbabwe. He had participated in the anti-xenophobia demonstration at the South African Embassy in Harare prior to the assault.
ZLHR confirmed in a statement that Chisi has taken the minister and police through their lawyer Tinashe Chinopfukutwa.
“We have hauled Police Zimbabwe and Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube to High Court seeking an order declaring them to be in contempt of court for failing to pay RTGS$17 000 to pro-democracy campaigner Sydney Chisi as damages for unlawful assault by Police Zimbabwe in 2015 during a demo.
“Through our application, Tinashe Chinopfukutwa of ZLHR lawyers wants High Court to issue an order declaring Police Zimbabwe and Mthuli Ncube to be in contempt of court for failing to comply with Justice Chinamora’s order of March 2020 compelling them to pay RTGS$17 000 to Chisi.
“ZLHR Lawyers assisted Chisi to sue Police Zimbabwe for its unprofessional conduct. The delay by Police Zimbabwe to pay compensation to Chisi is clearly prejudicial to him given the devaluation of the local currency.
“Chisi, a pro-democracy campaigner was awarded damages for unlawful assault by Police Zimbabwe, whose 15 members brutally assaulted him in April 2015 during a CSOs protest held in Harare against xenophobic violence in South Africa.
“We remain concerned that Police Zimbabwe is in the habit of not expeditiously complying with court orders,” ZLHR said in a statement.
The Zanu PF administration has always been accused sending State security to assault, torture and abduct political critics.
Recently, main opposition MDC Alliance leader MP Joana Mamombe and party youth assembly activists Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova were abducted by suspected State security agents from police cells after being arrested during a demonstration in Harare.
They were found after four days with massive injuries on their bodies in Bindura, 84km from capital city Harare.