Commissioner-general of police Godwin Matanga and the Police Service Commission (PSC) chairperson have been slapped with a 60-day jail term each after they were convicted for contempt of court.
Matanga was also ordered to pay costs of the case after he ignored a High Court ruling that ordered him to reinstate a fired senior police officer.
Sometime in July last year, Matanga and the PSC chairperson, were dragged to court by Chief Inspector Jindu who had been unceremoniously dismissed from the police force.
High Court Judge Justice Priscilla Munangati-Manongwa ruled in Jindu’s favour and ordered his reinstatement.
However, Matanga and the PSC chairperson did not comply with the order saying they were in the process of filing an appeal in the Supreme Court against Justice Munangati-Manongwa’s ruling.
On November 7, 2019 High Court judge Justice Edith Mushore heard the contempt of court case and granted an order directing the registrar of the High Court, Donald Ndirowei, to raise a warrant of committal and the Sheriff of the High Court of Zimbabwe, Macdoff Madega, to act upon it unless Matanga complied with the order.
“The first and second respondents be and are hereby committed to civil imprisonment for 60 days until and unless they purge their contempt,” Justice Mushore ruled.
Prior to the contempt of court order, through his lawyer Norman Mugiya, Jindu had once again petitioned the High Court seeking his employer and boss’s incarceration over their failure to give him his job back.
Jindu was fired in October 2014.
— The Standard