August 1 shooting victim sues ED  

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Tarisai Machakaire

STAFF WRITER

machakairet@dailynews.co.zw

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sued by a victim of the August 1, 2018 shootings for allegedly neglecting to implement recommendations of the Motlanthe Commission. 

Andy Manyeruke, who is deaf and was allegedly shot in the shoulder on that fateful day, filed an application in the High Court and cited Mnangagwa, Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi and Attorney-General Prince Machaya as respondents.

He is being represented by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum.

Manyeruke wants an order compelling Mnangagwa to establish a special committee that assesses damages and compensation to be awarded to victims of the shootings.

He is also pushing for the establishment of a fund to assist those who were directly affected and for medical attention to be provided to those who need it.

“The payment of compensation shall be made for victims of the violence and dependents of the deceased. Where the deceased had young children, they should be urgently assisted with school fees and their general welfare,” reads the order sought by Manyeruke.

“A special committee must be established by the first respondent to assess and determine quantum of damages and compensation to be awarded to victims on a case by case basis.”

The court heard that on August 1, 2018 public protests broke out in Harare over delays in the announcement of presidential election results.

In response to the protests, the government deployed police and the military to quell the demonstrations.

When tempers finally reached boiling point, the security agents used live ammunition, resulting in the death of at least six people while several others were injured.

Following national and international condemnation of the actions of the law enforcement agents, Mnangagwa set up an international commission chaired by former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe to probe the incident and make recommendations.

“As a victim of the shootings, when the commission held public enquiries, I made submissions though the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum.

“Subsequently, I also filed summons against the minister of Defence for the sum of US$23 000 for the unlawful shooting which caused me pain and suffering,” Manyeruke said

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