Zimbabwe Police arrests Opposition activists who were abducted and tortured

indafrica May 27, 2020
Updated 2020/05/27 at 8:38 AM

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has arrested and charged three female opposition activists a few days after the three were allegedly abducted, tortured and sexually molested.

Harare West legislator Joanna Mamombe and MDC Alliance party youth leaders Cecelia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova, who are currently hospitalised at a private medical facility after they were abducted and disappeared and tortured by as yet unidentified people have been charged ‘participating in gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of the peace or bigotry.

Giving an update on the latest development, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) wrote on their social media account,

No other arrests have been made. The
government has released a contradictory statement claiming that it is waiting for the investigation to be concluded before making any conclusions.

At the same time, that government is saying that the abduction was stage-managed to tarnish its image.

The three opposition leaders are being charged following an unauthorised flash demonstration which occured on in Warren Park on the 13th of May.

Following the demonstration, the three were arrested by the police at a roadblock and national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrests to two of the country’s leading daily papers.

However, when the trio’s lawyers raised alarm after they failed to locate them at 8 police stations around the capital, the police made a stunning about-turn.

The police released a contradictory statement claiming that the three were not in police custody without explaining what had happened to them. Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi later backtracked on his earlier statements and claimed that he had actually been misquoted when he confirmed the arrest of the three opposition activists.

After having gone missing for more than 24 hours, the three were later found dumped near Bindura .

They were in bad shape and had been
tortured, sexually assaulted and subjected to inhumane treatment which includes being forced to eat human excreta.

Harrowing images of the three went viral on social media platforms across the world.

They are expected to appear in court soon.

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