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Man sues ministry, Chihuri for assault


A Harare man, Zviito Sabau, is suing the Ministry of Home Affairs, Commissioner-General of the Police Augustine Chihuri and a police officer identified only as Sande for $15 000 saying he was brutally assaulted while in police custody.
In his declaration filed before High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, Sabau claimed he suffered severe pain, discomfort and contumelia after Sande assaulted him.
On November 26 2008, Sabau says his employer allegedly accused him of theft and police were called to investigate the matter.
Sabau was subsequently arrested on allegations of theft and taken to Harare Central Police Station.
On the way to the police station and while in the police vehicle, Sande together with colleagues not identified in court papers allegedly took turns to assault Sabau.
Upon arrival at the police’s Central Investigations Department Stores, Sabau alleged he was again severely assaulted by Sande and other police officers whose identities could not be established.
Sabau claimed the police used different methods of torture including one dubbed ‘falanga’.
Falanga is a torture method employed by police in Zimbabwe where people are beaten on the soles of their feet.
Sabau in the court papers claims Sande and his collegues were acting within the scope of their employment with Ministry of Home Affairs.

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