A CHIVHU woman died last month after succumbing to injuries sustained during a brutal assault by police detectives.
Sharai Mukaro, a mother of two, is reported to have been arrested and assaulted by detectives who were investigating a case involving the theft of US$1 000 cash in the mining town recently.
The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) says during the “investigation”, police picked up Mukaro for questioning. They allegedly took her to a “dark room” at Chivhu Police Station where she was questioned and allegedly severely assaulted by officers who include one Detective Dondo.
The ZLHR has since instituted legal proceedings against Detective Dondo, Police Boss Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga and the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Affairs Kazembe Kazembe.
In a communique on the matter, the ZLHR said: “We have notified Detective Dondo, Zimbabwe Republic Police CG Godwin Matanga and Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Hon. Kazembe that we will soon institute legal processes to sue them for damages arising from intentionally and unlawfully causing the death of Sharai Mukaro, a Chivhu resident.
“Mukaro, a mother of two, died early in September from injuries sustained as a result of the severe assault by Detective Dondo and some police officers in a “Darkroom” at Chivhu Police Station, where she was detained after being accused of stealing US$1 000.
“In a notice of intention to sue served on Detective Dondo, Matanga and Kazembe, our lawyer Tinashe Chinopfukutwa stated that Dondo fatally assaulted Mukaro after having threatened to kill her.
“Chinopfukutwa protested that the conduct of the police officers in question is a breach of the constitutional obligation of the Police Service to protect and secure the lives of Zimbabwean citizens as provided for under Section 219(1)(c) of the Constitution.
“Our lawyer has also formally requested that the criminal investigations on the death of the deceased which are currently being handled by police officers from Chivhu Police Station be conducted by police officers from another police station as he does not reasonably expect police officers at Chivhu Police Station to investigate themselves and accord justice to his clients.”