Police Chief sued over Chivhu woman’s death

SYDNEY MUBAIWA
MIDLANDS BUREAU
CHIKOMBA – A Chivhu family is suing Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga and the Minister of Home Affairs, Kazembe Kazembe for a yet to be disclosed sum of money following the death of Sharai Mukaro.
They are jointly sued together with detective sergeant Stephen Dondo and other Police officers from Chivhu.
The family is accusing cops at Chivhu Police Station of brutally assaulting Mukaro on September 12, 2021 and causing her death, The Mirror has learnt.
Currently criminal investigations on the death are being conducted against Chivhu cops but the family is demanding for Police from outside Chivhu to do the investigations.
Postmortem results in the hands of The Mirror indicate that the deceased suffered massive pericardial clots and had large amounts of blood in the upper mediastinum with raptures in the area of the aorta.
Barely two months ago, Police dogs mauled Enerty Chimedza a vendor in Chivhu inflicting serious injuries on her.
The litigants in the case are Abinel Mukaro who is the deceased’s husband and his children Faith and Joy. They are being represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).
The family wants the Minister and Police to pay damages for loss of support to the Mukaro family.
The family says that Mukaro was tortured on allegations that she was keeping and withholding money stolen by her sister who was arrested in Harare.
“We formally request that the criminal investigations on the death of the deceased which are being currently handled by Police officers in Chivhu be conducted by officers from other stations for the reason that we do not expect cops at the same station to investigate themselves and accord justice, ” reads part of the report.
ZLHR Spokesperson Kumbirai Mafunda said brutality perpetuated by the Police in Chivhu has reached alarming levels. He urged the Police to conduct their duties in a constitutional manner.

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