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POLICE Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri and three other low ranking officers have been ordered to compensate three Chiredzi women for unlawful assault and detention.

Chiredzi magistrate Geraldine Mutsoto ordered Chihuri and Constables Nyamapasi, Manditsvanga and Jonasi to pay the women $800 each in addition to costs of the law suit.

Lucy Chivasa from the Legal Resources Foundation who was representing the three women said she will ensure that the judgment is enforced.

“We have written to the relevant ministry (home affairs) and the police commissioner to pay the money to the plaintiffs and failure to pay we will apply for their salaries to be garnished,” Chivasa said after the ruling.

The women were unlawfully assaulted and detained at Gezani police station on 7 Novermber 2012 on allegations of gossiping over missing pants in their village which is under Chief Sengwe.

In their applications Janet Chandlani, Patience Mapindukwa and Average Maradzire said the uniformed officers assaulted them with sjamboks all over their bodies before ordering them to lie down with their buttocks exposed to the blazing sun.

The three said after the assault they were forced to run 400meters carrying 20 litter buckets full of water on their heads, an act which was repeated thrice before being forced to sing ZANU PF songs while rolling on the ground in full view of the public.

The women also said they were then detained for 4 hours at Gezani police station before being released without a charge.

As a result the three sustained injuries and had to seek medical attention.

In 2013, a Chiredzi magistrate sentenced the three officers to 30 days in prison or alternatively pay a $150 fine each.

The women were demanding $3000 each in damages emanating from the un-lawful assault.

Source : New Zimbabwe