Widow sues Defence minister

Widow sues Defence minister
Published: 06 October 2019
A HARARE woman has demanded that Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri pays her $505 000 for child support after her husband was allegedly killed by soldiers during the August protests last year.

Suspicious Ziyambi wants an order declaring the killing of the late Ishmael Kumire by soldiers unlawful in addition to a payment of $505 000 damages to compensate for the loss of support she suffered with her three minor children as well as the nervous shock, trauma and funeral expenses.

The courts heard that sometime in 2003, Ziyambi customarily married the late Kumire and were blessed with three children.
Ziyambi and the children were dependent on Kumire for their sustenance until August 1, last year, when he was allegedly wrongfully and unlawfully killed by soldiers who fall under the authority of Muchinguri-Kashiri.

"Plaintiff's spouse died as a result of gunshot injuries and hypovolemic shock inflicted by soldiers. As a result of the wrongful death of her spouse, plaintiff has suffered damages in the sum of $490 000 for loss of support, $10 000 for nervous shock and trauma and $5 000 for funeral expenses.

"The defendant is vicariously liable to pay the damages and due notice was given to the State of this action in terms of the State Liabilities Act on November 8 last year. Despite demand, defendant has failed and neglected to pay damages to the plaintiff," reads the summons.

Meanwhile, a security officer at Morgan Tsvangirai House is also demanding $400 000 damages for assaults sustained during the same protests.

Maxwell Mudeto claimed he was seized by a group of uniformed soldiers on August 1 and was forced to roll in raw sewage after being stripped naked and electrocuted on the soles of his feet. He was detained for several hours and released around midnight when he sought medical attention.
- dailynews
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