War Vet Senior Cop Refuses To Retire, Takes Boss To Court

War Vet Senior Cop Refuses To Retire, Takes Boss To Court

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A war veteran who is also employed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is allegedly suing Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga at the High Court for unlawfully dismissing him from service.

iZim has established that Samuel Tadzaushe is suing Police Commissioner Godwin Matanga and the Officer Commanding Matabeleland North province Commissioner Patson Nyabadza.

According to the court application, Tadzaushe has also filed a separate appeal with Defence Minister Oppah Muchunguri challenging the dismissal.

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In the court papers presented by disgruntled Tadzaushe, he argues that he shouldn’t have been dismissed from the police service since he is a former freedom fighter who fought in the war to liberate Zimbabwe from colonialism.

“My Honourable Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs recommendations on me as a war veteran which are attached to this affidavit should have been considered. My explanation that I have been always rated above average at annual inspections as an officer-in-charge at various stations should have been considered,” reads Tadzaushe’s application.

In the court application, he also explained that ZRP shouldn’t have dismissed him due to the Covid-19 outbreak which is affecting people’s livelihoods.

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“The fact that we are in a serious situation of the Covid-19 pandemic which has social and economic hardships should have been considered. The fact that I do not have any conviction in terms of our Police Act Code of Discipline and that I was never convicted of any criminal offense should have been considered.

“I feel that in the absence of personal hatred, I meet all the qualifications to be considered of service. I have not yet reached the age of 55 years,” he said.

The respondents are yet to answer to the allegations and submit their opposing papers.

CRIME AND COURTS