Police compensation demanded by ZLHR

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has written a letter to the police, demanding compensation for people who were seriously injured at a roadblock.

Lizwe Jamela is fighting for compensation for people injured at a police roadblock.
Lizwe Jamela is fighting for compensation for people injured at a police roadblock.

Officers working at the roadblock along Khami road in Bulawayo threw spikes in front of a moving commuter bus.

Lweyer Lizwe Jamela said ZLHR had given the police 14 days to respond to the letter. “If the police do not respond within the stipulated period, we will sue them,” said Jamela

Jamela and officials from Zimbabwe Human Rights have visited the victims at Mpilo Hospital to assess the injuries.

“We are liaising with doctors on all the expenses which the injured have incurred. There is a chance that some of the victims might suffer permanent disability. The loss of time for personal engagements will also be considered,” said Jamela.

Sixteen people were on board when the bus overturned after its tyres were punctured by the spikes. It turned three times before stopping at the edge of the bridge.

The police have blamed the driver of the kombi, Nqobile Moyo, for the accident. He has already appeared in court facing charges of reckless driving, operating off-route and driving without a certificate.

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