AN MDC Alliance member, who was allegedly assaulted by the police in Harare last year, has slapped Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe and police boss Godwin Matanga with a $300 000 lawsuit.
Bernard Garapo cited Matanga and Kazembe as respondents in summons filed with the High Court and is demanding $100 000 for pain, suffering and nervous shock; $50 000 for contumelia; and $163 533 for medical expenses incurred, bringing the total to $313 533.
According to the summons, on November 20 last year around 10am Garapo was severely assaulted by uniformed police officers along Nelson
Mandela Avenue, outside Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House (MRT House), in Harare.
“The plaintiff was assaulted in two phases, first by a group of police officers, the number of which he could not determine, and secondly by four other police officers who inflicted harm on him,” reads summons. “He was assaulted twice on the head and sustained severe cuts which caused him to bleed profusely.”
Kazembe and Matanga are yet to respond to the summons.