Source: Chombo To Sue Mnangagwa | ZimEye
Former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo is set to sue President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government for torture and unlawful detention.
Both Chombo and former ZANU OF Youth leader, Kudzanai Chipanga are in the window for a mass lawsuit against the government of Zimbabwe.
The two’s lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku, was quoted saying his clients will sue President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration if it does not apologise and offer them compensation.
Last week, Prof Lovemore Madhuku told ZimEye there is a string of wild allegations against Chombo including one of hiring mercenaries and yet the once which are official pertain to events dated several years back.
This time Madhuku told VOA Chombo and Chipanga have a right to sue for unlawful detention for the period they were detained by the military adding that his clients were tortured while they were in military custody.
“What next lawfully is that we first expect that the government will come and tell us that, ‘look, we were sorry we did this and here we are offering compensation.’
“They must apologize to our clients and then offer to pay them compensation for the period of unlawful detention. But if they do not do that we will take them up on that issue at the same time we will take it into account when this matter is going to be taken up.”
Chombo is charged with fraud, corruption and abuse of office during former President Robert Mugabe’s tenure, while Chipanga is accused of causing disaffection among the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.