Damages trial: Chiweshe to rule on consolidation

george_chiwesheHARARE - Four ministers being sued by abductees who were tortured by State security agents two years ago want their trial to be consolidated for expediency. (Pictured: George Chiweshe)

The four ministers are former State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa, Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa, co-Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi and former co- Home Affairs Minister Giles Mutsekwa.

Happyton Bonyongwe, the director-general of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and Paradzai Zimondi, the Commissioner of Prisons are being sued together with seven top police officers who include Chief Superintendent Peter Magwenzi, Chief Superintendent Chrispen Makedenge, Senior Assistant Commissioner Nyathi, Asher Walter Tapfumaneyi, Superintendent Joel Shasha Tenderere, Superintendent Regis Takaitei and Detective Chief Inspector Mpofu, Detective Assistant Inspector Chibaya, Detective Assistant Inspector Kelly and Detective Sergeant Murunya.

Lawyers for the defendants want the first cluster to involve Fidelis Chiramba, Violet Mupfuranhewe, Nigel Mutemagawu, Collen Mutemagawu, Concillia Chinanzvavana, Emmanuel Chinanzvavana, Pieta Kaseke and Tawanda Bvumo while the second cluster should be made up of Jestina Mukoko, Broderick Takawira, Pascal Gonzo, Audrey Zimbudzana.

Mapfumo Garutsa, Regis Mujeyi, Andrison Manyere, Kisimusi Dhlamini, Gandhi Mudzingwa, Zacharia Nkomo and Chinoto Zulu should make up the third cluster. They are represented by Charles Kwaramba, assisted by Rose Hanzi of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Justice Chiweshe said the ministers application should be heard and determined within a month.

The abductees are demanding US$1.2 million each in damages which they suffered when they were abducted by State security agents and charged with committing cts of terrorism and banditry.

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