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Zimbabwe Activist Group To Sue Harare For Alleged Rights Violations

Officials of Zimbabwe's National Constitutional Assembly, an activist group, said Friday that 64-year-old member Bronislawa Kwinjo had died as a result of injuries sustained while allegedly being beaten and tortured by Harare police on July 25.

Police arrested and are accused of beating 243 NCA members during a demonstration Harare that day. NCA Director Ernest Mudzengi said Kwinjo sustained severe fractures in her chest, which injuries eventually led to her death.

In connection with those alleged beatings, NCA officials have told the government that the group will file a lawsuit seeking Z$10 trillion (US$40 million) in damages.

The NCA sent the notice to Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi September 6. The NCA said it can name the police officers who committed the alleged assaults.

NCA Director Mudzengi told reporter Patience Rusere that the lawsuit is intended to ratchet up pressure on the government to discourage police brutality.

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