Mbada employees file torture charges

Six Mbada Diamonds employees accused of stealing diamonds are going ahead with their torture charges at the High Court. Respondents Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi and Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri are trying to stop the case.

Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi.
Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi.

The accused are Chief Superintendent Nyamupaguma, Detective Inspector Jachi, Detective Inspector Nyoni and Asst Commissioner Mvere.

Tendai Gwazaza, Temba Mvalo, Hardlife Kuudzehwe, Simbarashe Gondo, Talkmore Chigeza and Innocent Tsindi were picked up by police last month for allegedly conniving with prominent Mutare businessman, Mudassar Khan to steal diamonds from their employer.

Khan appeared before Mutare magistrate Sekai Chiwundura on 12 counts of unlawful dealing in or possession of precious stones. He is out of custody on $3,000 bail and his trial date is yet to be set.

The six claim that they were heavily tortured by police and forced to make confessions implicating Khan. In his affidavit Gwazaza, employed as a sorter supervisor by Mbada, said: “They (police) boasted that they could kill me and nothing would happen to them. One of the investigating officers wielded a baton stick and told me to admit the allegation. He hit me on my back. I saw that I was in great danger and I had to accede and submit.”

Gondo said he was subjected to assault while being handcuffed. “I had to admit to what police were demanding because I feared for my life. Assistant Commissioner Mvere told his juniors that they were not assaulting me enough to secure confession from me. He produced a pistol from a laptop bag and pointed it at me. He told me to say my last prayer loudly before he shot me dead.”

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