Zupco ordered to pay fuel supplier $5 000 in damages

The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) was ordered by the High Court to pay Ms Martina Mushangwe $5 000 in damages. The bus company caused the arrest and prosecution of Mushangwe on allegations of theft of diesel worth $17 606. Ms Mushangwe, the director of Miracle Petroleum, was arrested on December 24, 2013 and she celebrated Christmas in police cells only to be released two days later on bail.

A Harare magistrate cleared Ms Mushangwe of the theft charges but she had suffered a great deal and her name had been defamed through media reports.

Zupco sued Ms Mushangwe over the undelivered 12 576 litres of diesel worth $17 606 which resulted in Mushangwe filing a counter-claim for unlawful arrest and detention. High Court judge Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo dismissed Zupco’s claim and ordered the bus firm to pay damages for unlawful arrest and detention to Ms Mushangwe. The judge however dismissed the claims for legal costs and defamation.

More: Herald

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