Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), for the traumatic experience which he
was subjected to, four years ago.For more than one year, Constable Kelvin Madzima, ZRP
Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga and Home Affairs and Cultural
Heritage Minister Hon. Kazembe Kazembe, had reneged on paying the
equivalent of US$7 000 at the interbank rate in damages due to Mathew
Mhundwa as ordered by High Court Judge Justice Webster Chinamhora.Mhundwa, a taxi driver, was shot in 2018 while travelling to Bluffhill
suburb in Harare by Constable Madzima, who was carrying out blitz and
night patrol duties. Madzima had justified his actions of shooting at
Mhundwa because he had not stopped at a ZRP checkpoint.
However, during trial before Justice Chinamhora, Mhundwa disputed this
as false and stated that there was never any such roadblock.
Mhundwa’s lawyer Tinashe Chinopfukutwa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human
Rights, argued that the shooting was not only intentional and
wrongful, but unlawful, faulty, malicious and a criminal abuse of
office by Constable Madzima.
In his order, Justice Chinamhora said Madzima, Matanga and Hon.
Kazembe should pay Mhundwa US$7 000 at the interbank rate to cover
loss of earnings as a result of being idle in hospital, loss of
earning capacity due to an injury, physical bodily harm and pain which
he experienced from the gunshot, emotional shock from the traumatic
experience of the incident, future pain, suffering and inconvenience,
loss of amenities of life, permanent disability, rehabilitation costs
and psychiatric expenses for trauma sustained.
Now, ZRP on 1 November 2022 wrote a letter to Chinopfukutwa advising
him that the law enforcement agency had paid Mhundwa and provided the
proof of payment of the sum of ZWL1 036 420 as settlement of the
judgment debt and thereby bringing the anti-impunity matter to an end.
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