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The injured Sheunesu Chiwara at Gutu Mission Hospital

Moses Ziyambi

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has offered to support the family of Sheunesu Chiwara get medical treatment for their son who was shot by the police at their homestead at a farm in the Dewure East area of Gutu East on October 18.

After TellZim News broke the story the following day, ZADHR requested for the family’s contacts and they then phoned Sheunesu’s mother to offer medical assistance.

ZADHR secretary general Norman Matara later told TellZim News in a phone interview that the organisation indeed wanted to assist Sheunesu get free medical care.

“We are in touch with doctors in Mpandawana and Masvingo where the victim can get medical care at our expense. This is a matter of human rights and we understand the family is finding it expensive to pay for the care that is required. I have personally spoken to Dr Calvin Maimba in Masvingo to attend to the case,” said Matara.

Maimba later confirmed to TellZim News that he had been instructed to attend to Sheunesu and was trying to get in touch with the family.

“As soon as they get transferred to Masvingo as is being reported, I will go and check on him to see the kind of assistance I can give,” said Maimba.

Sheunesu’s mother, Stella Mahachi, told TellZim News she had been contacted by ZADHR and she accepted their offer for support.

“They phoned me and asked if I would need assistance and I accepted. Right now, we are struggling to pay the bills at Gutu Mission Hospital where Sheunesu is admitted. I heard we will soon need to consult a urologist in Masvingo and they promised to pay for that,” said Mahachi.

Sheunesu was shot point blank in the groin and his genital were injured after police officer made follow-ups to an alleged case of assault which had happened the previous day at Chomungai business centre.

Sheunesu and his brother Misheck maintain their innocence, arguing that that they did not commit any assault on the day in question. They also claim the police officers were unnecessarily aggressive when they visited the homestead to question and arrest them.

After Sheunesu was shot, police handcuffed him and Misheck and tried to march them to Bhasera Police Station but later looked for a vehicle to take the injured Sheunesu to Chimombe Hospital after he began losing a lot of blood.

Sheunesu received initial treatment at Chimombe before being transferred to Gutu Mission Hospital where he spent over 48 hours without being attended to by a doctor because there was non available.

Meanwhile, police in Masvingo refused to talk about the matter but an insider said Constable Mudziro, who pulled the trigger, will not be charged as he invoked duty privilege; claiming in an internal report that his team was under attack from the victim.



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