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Truck drivers sue cops

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FOUR traffic police, who allegedly assaulted two long-distance truck drivers in a roadblock scuffle in January and illegally detained another, are now being sued for $250 000 for their actions.

ALBERT NCUBE
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The cops Thomas Nemashakwe, Show Magaisa, Edmore Dzimba and Thembiwe Makore, who had laid allegations of assault and theft against the truck drivers, lost their case last week after magistrate Sheila Nazombe acquitted the accused.

Lloyd Musonza and his cousin Maximum Musonza have instructed their lawyer Byron Sengweni of Mcijo, Dube and Partners to pursue a civil case against the police officers.

“I have instructions to sue the police and the respective officers for unlawful arrest, pain and suffering.

“There is a third guy whom they detained and never charged, so the total suit for the three will be plus or minus $250k,” Sengweni, who indicated that he was in the process of finalising the court papers, said.

He said although his clients had reported the cops for assault, the case had not taken off in court.

“It’s surprising because it took just three days to have my clients in court and it takes three months to have the police in court,” Sengweni said

Nazombe acquitted the Musonza cousins last week saying the State had failed to prove its case against them.

The two denied the charges saying the cops brutally assaulted them and had brought up the charges to cover up their offence.

During the trial, Sengweni accused the police of lying and produced pictures and videos as evidence to the effect that the cops “butchered” his clients.

The assaults stemmed from an altercation on January 31 after Llyod refused to pay a spot fine for urinating in public arguing they were in a bushy area that could not be deemed to be a public place.

Lloyd reported the assault to Gwanda police on February 3, but the investigating officer allegedly dragged his feet to cover up for his colleagues.

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