Torture cops exposed

Stewart Mukoyi, who was recently acquitted of assaulting a police officer, is demanding $200 000 from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri and eight of his officers for unlawful arrest and torture.

Stewart Mukoyi in a police truck leaving Mbare Magistrates Courts.
Stewart Mukoyi in a police truck leaving Mbare Magistrates Courts.

Mukoyi was arrested in April during a church service to pray for peace when police stormed the church and swooped on congregants and a clergyman.

He was charged with allegedly assaulting police officer Emmanuel Jeketera, with clenched fists and booted feet all over his body at Chitubu Shopping Centre in Glen Norah.

But Gift Mtisi, who is representing Mukoyi, says it was his client who was tortured. “Our client was unlawfully assaulted and tortured by Inspector Kwiyo and other officers stationed at Glen Norah.

Despite our client having not resisted arrest, or attempted to escape arrest, the officers used open hands, clinched fists, planks, baton sticks, iron bars, armoured electric cables and booted feet to assault and torture our client,” wrote Mtisi, of Musendekwa and Mtisi Legal Practitioners in a notice to sue.

He cites Glen Norah cops Inspector Kwiyo, Assistant Inspector Dube, Constables Cheperengo, Muponya, Willie, Marima, Ncube and Muhonde as defendants number one to eight respectively.

Co-Home Affairs Ministers Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makone are cited as ninth and 10th defendants respectively. Chihuri, who has dozens such other cases on his desk, is the 11th defendant.

Besides Mukoyi, the police also charged 12 congregants, who included Pastor Paul Mukome, the Resident Priest at the Nazarene Church, where the prayer meeting was held.

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