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Former Zim Political Prisoners Demand $6 million Gratuity From Mnangagwa Govt

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By Staff Reporter

A pressure group of former political prisoners and detainees have filed a High Court application demanding payment $6 million gratuity from President Emmerson Mnangagwa led government.

Sanikidzai Suncall Musiyazviriyo, Charles Peter Chitewo are the applicants while Defence Ministers Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Mthuli Ncube 1st and 2nd Respondents.

“This an application first for a declaratory order that applicant and all lawfully registered ex-political prisoners, detainees and restrictees are entitled to be paid a gratuity of $6 million, payable once only, in terms of section 27 (4) of the Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Act, chapter 17;12.,” reads their court papers

“Secondly a consequential compelling order that the two ministers jointly and severally the one complying for the other to be absolved pay applicants and all qualifying ex-political prisoners, detainees and restrictees their $6 million gratuity in terms if SI 194/2005 by the day of the month succeeding the month of grant of such order.”

Through SI 194/2005 the government made a regulation that “every ex-political prisoner, detainee and restrictee shall be paid a gratuity of $6 million payable after January 2006.

Musiyazviriyo said all applicants qualify for this section 3 of SI194/2005 gratuity.

“All applicants aver this gratuity is a constitutional right.,” reads his founding affidavit.

“However, the respondents jointly and severally the one breaching for the other become liable unilaterally and without any consultation nor explanation to registered ex-political prisoners, detainees and restrictees have chosen not to pay applicants the mandatory $6 million gratuity.

“Both respondents have appeared and acted unmoved, if not actually seemingly non-concerned with respect to payment of the $6 million gratuity entitlement,” he wrote.

The matter is yet to be heard.

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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