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    Precedent set; Zanu PF activist successfully sued for $1 500



    TATENDA CHIZU

    GUTU – In a case that sets precedent in Zimbabwean elections, a Zanu PF activist has for the first time been successfully sued for political violence and got judgment delivered before the plebiscite.
    Gutu Magistrate Edwin Marecha last week gave a precedent setting ruling when he granted prominent poet and artist Abel Mauchi $1 500 damages in a lawsuit brought against a Zanu PF activist who assaulted him in politically motivated violence.
    The ruling clearly sends a message that Zanu PF will henceforth leave party supporters on their own if they commit crimes even in the interest of the party.
    It has not been heard before that a Zanu PF activist is hauled before the courts for political violence and is punished for his or her action before  elections are held.
    Matora Masiiwa of Chipura Village under Chief Makore in Gutu recently demanded Mauchi's Biometric Voter Registration number and the latter refused. Masiiwa assaulted Mauchi near Mutendeuri Business Centre in Chief Makore's area in a bid to force him to surrender the number resulting in injuries to Mauchi.
    Mauchi who is a member of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) then hired a lawyer Collen Maboke and made a $10 000 lawsuit for damages. Magistrate Marecha however, granted $1 500.
    Marecha said Masiiwa assaulted  Mauchi for no apparent reason, as he was not provoked in any manner. After the assault Mauchi collapsed and Masiiwa did not render any service.
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