By Tendai Mukaro
Norton legislator Temba Mliswa’s former lover Susan Mutami has expressed her intention to sue Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe and law enforcement agents involved in her detention at Robert Mugabe International Airport in February this year.
Mutami is represented by Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni legal practitioners, who sent the notice of intention to sue to the accused.
“We act on behalf of our clients Susan Mutami and a juvenile (a minor child duly represented herein by Susan Mutami, being his natural mother and guardian at whose assistance we write, please note our interest,” read part of the notice.
“We write to give notice of our client’s intention to sue you and various police officers employed by the state for damages arising from unlawful arrest and wrongful detention, loss of income and self development opportunity and expenses incurred arising out of the arrest and detention.”
It is alleged that on February 18, Mutami and her son were signing in at Robert Mugabe International Airport on their way to Dubai when security agents barred them from boarding their flight.
“Police and intelligence officers accosted our clients and prevented them from boarding their flight,” read part of the notice.
“They had no warrant of arrest for our clients; our clients had not committed any offence; they were not about to commit any offence neither were they committing any offence.”
The lawyers allege Mutami was then taken to the police post at the airport were they were briefly detained before being taken to Harare Central Police station were they were arrested till February 21.
Security agents are accused of claiming that they could not let Mutami go before recording her statement as she was a state witness on an ongoing investigation though Mutami proved to be unaware of that issue.
Mutami’s lawyers said the action by the security agents were unlawful.
“The law does not provide for the detention of witness for the purpose of recording statements,” read the notice.
Mutami accused security agents of denying her son basic rights during the period in question as they barred her from finding an inhaler for her son as he had suffered an asthmatic attack.
For compensation Mutami is demanding Zimbabwean dollar equivalent to US$50 000 00.