Businessman Sues Uncle For $1,3m Over Unlawful Arrest

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By Mary Taruvinga

HARARE businessman Rozva Dereck Mushinyi has again dragged his uncle to the High Court, and is claiming $1,3 million in damages for causing his arrest and detention over false accusations.

Recently, Mushinyi also sued his father’s brother, Ben $1 million on allegations the uncle had scolded him at a family meeting.

In the latest court application, Mushinyi said after the death of his father, his uncle to take over his estate in contravention of the deceased’s will.

He said he was the executor of his father’s estate.

Mushinyi added after noticing that it was impossible to take over the estate, Ben tried to have him arrested by fabricating lies against him.

“In this regard, Ben devised a strategy of making a false report to the police to the effect that I was putting my stepmother under house arrest and that I was assaulting her,” he said in his court papers.

Mushinyi alleged Ben filed a police report at Chinamhora Police Station leading to his arrest.

After his arrested, Mushinyi claims he was detained and subjected to stressful interrogation.

“The police then concluded investigations after more than two weeks and found that the report was patently false and none of the allegations ever took place.

He said he suffered mentally from the stress of being a suspect, and could not travel to Goromonzi pending finalisation of the case.

Mushinyi also told the High Court that he lost business worth $600 000 due to his arrest.

In addition, he suffered depression and ended up losing money on medication.

The total demand is $1,3 million.