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Man petitions the High Court over injured prison inmate

A Harare man has petitioned the High court seeking an order to compel the Commissioner General of Prisons and Correctional Services, Retired Major General Paradzai Zimhondi  to allow his convicted brother who is serving a six-year jail term to get medical attention from a private hospital after he sustained serious injuries following an assault by prison officers two months ago.
The minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi Ziyambi was also cited as the second respondent.
According to the court papers, the inmate, Nyasha Ndangarazi was found in possession of an MP3 player, he was instructed to surrender it before he was severely assaulted by prison officers.
In his founding affidavit, Charles Meda who is the applicant in the matter said: 
“This is an urgent chamber application for a mandamus seeking an order to compel the respondents to grant my brother, Nyasha Ndangarazi, who is an inmate at Harare Central Prisons access to urgent and proper medical treatment at a private hospital.
“My brother Nyasha Ndangarazi is a convicted inmate at Harare Central Prison where he is serving six-year sentence and about to complete his fourth year. I visit him regularly to check on him and to provide for his needs which the prisons cannot afford.
“On or around 14 August 2019 Nyasha was in his cell with fellow inmates when one of them was caught by a prison officer in possession of an MP3 player which he was instructed to surrender the following day. Nyasha was then called by some prison officers who assaulted him numerous times stating that he was being disciplined.
“The assault resulted in grievous bodily injuries. As a result of the severity of the beatings, he cannot walk and is carried by other inmates for mobility. My brother has sought medical attention at the prison hospital but he has been frustrated and therefore has not meaningfully be treated. Initially, prison officers refused to stamp his incident report presumably to cover up the assault.
“It was only after the seventh attempt that Nyasha was finally taken to the prison hospital by Spt Nyabyiya and the nurses were ordered to treat him. However, despite the serious injuries sustained he has been subjected to plain killers to numb the pain in the hope that maybe he will miraculously recover. 
 “A letter was written to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights on 30 August 2019. In the letter, the lawyers demanded that Nyasha be given proper medical treatment including a scan that was long overdue. Regrettably nothing much happened.
“Nyasha’s s health continues to deteriorate by the day and yet is being done to assist him. It is almost two months now and my brother is still being carried around by fellow inmates.”
The matter is still pending.

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