The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Jomic Dismisses Torture Camp Claims

Mashonaland Central Jomic provincial liaison committee has dismissed reports by some sections of the media that there are torture camps in the province. The article was published in October this year purporting that Zanu-PF has torture base camps and was causing havoc ahead of of next year's harmonised elections in Muzarabani, Fox Farm and Rushinga.

Speaking at a joint meeting held in Bindura recently, representatives of Mashonaland Central Jomic Committee which comprises Zanu-PF and the two MDC formations urged the media to shun disseminating falsehoods.

"We really need the media to consult us before they publish stories," Mbire legislator Paul Mazikana, who is the information and publicity secretary of Jomic in Mashonaland Central said.

"There are no torture bases here in Mashonaland Central."

Mr Mazikana said some media houses created platforms for violence to erupt with the information they published.

MDC provincial chairman Godfree Chimombe said:

"We cannot confirm that the person who supplied such information is in our structures.

"Maybe he is trying to gain some favours to gain entry into the committee."

The meeting hit a deadlock when MDC-T failed to deliver concrete information as to why they were silent for the past two months since the publication of the story.

The story alleged that Zanu-PF youths were using beerhalls as camps to terrorise MDC supporters in Muzarabani.

ZESN was quoted as confirming that the party had such bases.

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