5 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Chipangano Unrepentant

press release

As the MDC was laying to rest Cephas Magura, a victim of Zanu PF violence in Mudzi on Sunday, three MDC members were being severely assaulted and tortured by Chipangano in Mbare, Harare, resulting in them sustaining multiple injuries and losing personal property.

Bigboy Tadzimirwa (43), Taona Murova (48) and Joseph Nhemura (46) sustained bruises all over their bodies. They were treated at a local clinic and discharged.

"It all began when I was seen wearing a T-shirt inscribed 'Councillor Musevenzi' by a group of about 15 Zanu PF militia. We were then told that Mbare is a no go area for MDC supporters before being taken to Zanu PF's Mbare offices where more than 50 Chipangano members including Jim Kunaka were gathered," narrated Tadzimirwa.

Julius Musevenzi is an MDC Councillor Ward 15 in Warren Park.

At the Zanu PF offices come torture chambers, Tadzimirwa and Nhemura had their mobile phones forcibly taken before they were assaulted. Murova who had two cellphones, had one crushed.

Murova, whose hand is swollen as a result of the assault said: "Those thugs behave like animals. They poured cold water on us and forced us to roll on muddy ground.

The thugs used all sorts of torture methods which include covering us with metal sheets and stepping over us. After the ordeal which lasted almost an hour, the group then disappeared."

The MDC condemns the continued harassment of its supporters by Zanu PF in disregard of the people's right to freedom of association.

The matter was reported at Mbare Police Station under RRB No. 1440000 and the police took almost four hours to attend to the victims. A few days ago, ZANU (PF) tried to distance itself from the rogue outfit led by Kunaka describing it as an association of hooligans.

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