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  • High Court issues a provisional order for the late Gift Tandare
    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
    March 18, 2007

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    Following the arbitrary removal of the remains of the late Gift Tandare from the custody of his family by members of the Central Intelligence Organisation and Zimbabwe Republic of Police; ZLHR lawyers Alec Muchadehama and Andrew Makoni have successfully challenged these criminal acts before the High Court. Gift Tandare was shot and killed by the police on Sunday 11 March 2007 during the violent disruption of the Save Zimbabwe Campaign prayer meeting.

    The lawyers appeared before Justice Kudya at 1100hours, who provisionally ordered that, in their official capacities, the Commissioner of Police, Augustine Chihuri and the Officer Commanding Law and Order, Assistant Commissioner Mabunda, be and are hereby interdicted from burying the remains of Gift Tandare, not to prevent anyone including general mourners, relatives, friends and colleagues from all walks of life from attending the funeral and not to interfere with the funeral arrangements and proceedings regarding Gift Tandareís burial.

    Police officers acting under the direct supervision and instructions of the Officer Commanding Law and Order Assistant Commissioner Mabunda, had during the past week forcibly dispersed mourners, using batons sticks, tear gas and critically shot two of the mourners gathered for the funeral wake. The police officers indicated that there was no funeral wake and those that refused to hid the instruction were to be dealt with decisively.

    Gift Tandareís widow in the application before the High Court made a plea in her affidavit; "I am very apprehensive about the police and the security agentís involvement in this case. I want to be left in peace to mourn my late husband who sadly met his demise under the hands of the police".

    ZLHR, once again takes this opportunity to strongly encourage the Commissioner of Police and Officer Commanding Law and Order and all their details to respect, obey and enforce orders from the courts of the land. Refusal, defiance and failure to enforce such orders will fuel impunity as well as undermine the effectiveness of the judiciary which is arguably, severely compromised institutionally and administratively.

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