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Govt ordered to compensate Manjoro

by Byo24News Reporter
21 Mar 2018 at 11:23hrs | Views
The High Court has ordered Home Affairs ministry, Zimbabwe Republic Police and Prosecutor General’s to pay a human rights activist for unlawful arrest and detention.

On Wednesday morning, the court ruled that Cynthia Manjoro be paid a total of $17 075 in damages.

The amount is broken down into $2000 for unlawful arrest, $2000 for unlawful assault, $5000 for malicious prosecution and $3000 for painand suffering.

Manjoro got $2075 for loss of income.

She was wrongfully arrested together with 28 opposition party supporters on murder charges in May 2011. They were accused of killing a police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza.

The human rights activist approached the courts in 2015 seeking recourse over unlawful arrest, assault, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, humiliation and loss of income as well as malicious prosecution and demanding a total of $82 025.

She was represented by Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyer, Jeremiah Mutongi Bamu.

Manjoro was arrested after her car was found parked at the murder scene.

Despite telling the police that she was at church at the material when the offense was committed, police went on to arrest her.

She had also told the police that the person who was using her on the day in question was her boyfriend. Manjoro stayed for two years in detention and was acquitted in September 2013.

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