MASVINGO - Chief Serima born Vengai Rushwaya has been ordered by the High Court to pay $6 400 including costs of suit for assaulting Gutu businessman Naison Bvungo in December 2015.
Justice Joseph Mafusire handed down the default judgement on January 13 this year after Chief Serima failed to appear in court despite being furnished with summons to do so.
Chief Serima was ordered to pay $6400 plus $400 for medical expenses at an interest of 5% per annum under Order Number 01/17, Case Number HC 81/16 where Bvungo was represented by Colen Maboke of Ruvengo, Maboke and Company.
"We had to proceed to the High Court as a civil matter after the Police in Gutu failed to take action in the matter reported in 2015," said Maboke.
Bvungo was claiming damages amounting to $50 000 and the Judge awarded $6 400 for contumedia that is compensation for injuries suffered, socially, physically, and mentally.
In December 2015 Chief Serima beat up Bvungo with clenched fists and twisted his right hand resulting in him permanently breaking his small finger.
He also pointed a gun on his forehead during the brawl and members of the public had to restrain the Chief.
Maboke said they are in a process of effecting the judgement through the messenger of court.