Back to Index
This article participates on the following special index pages:
Strikes and Protests 2007- Save Zimbabwe Campaign
on the arrest of Save Zimbabwe Campaign leaders
March 12, 2007
In a typical
fascist behavior and reminiscent of Rhodesian political thuggery,
the Zimbabwean police thoroughly assaulted leaders of the Save Zimbabwe
Convention while in custody contrary to the provisions of the law
and international statutes governing the treatment of detainees.
In addition to the killing of Gift Tandare, a Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) activist by the regime's murderous police in
Highfields on 11 March 2007, reports received this morning indicate
that Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) President Morgan Tsvangirai,
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) Chairman Lovemore Madhuku, Nelson
Chamisa, the Member of Parliament for Kuwadzana , Mike Davis the
Chairperson of the Combined
Harare Residents Association (CHRA) and Elton Mangoma the MDC
deputy treasurer were tortured in custody.
There are disturbing reports that Professor Arthur Mutambara, the
leader of the MDC pro-senate group is missing and his condition
could not be ascertained amid these wanton attacks against the leadership
of the Save Zimbabwe Campaign. The same status surrounds Tendai
Biti, the secretary general of the anti-senate MDC who was arrested
together with Mutambara.
Save Zimbabwe Campaign, comprising labour unions, students, churches,
youths, women's organizations and political parties had organized
the prayer meeting for Zimbabweans to meditate on the social, economic
and political problems afflicting the country.
Among the Save Zimbabwe Campaign leaders arrested were, Nelson Chamisa,
Job Sikhala, Morgan Changamire, Grace Kwinje, Willas Madzimure,
Alois Dzvairo, Madock Chivasa and Mike Davies. Also arrested were
Gladys Hlatywayo, Manex Mawuya, Rashid Mahiya and several students
from the University of Zimbabwe.
The Save Zimbabwe Campaign is utterly shocked at the heavy-handed
manner in which police quashed what was meant to be a peaceful prayer
session. We are further shocked by the brazen assault of Save Zimbabwe
Campaign leaders, including MDC leader Tsvangirai. Harrison Nkomo,
a human rights lawyer was also brutally assaulted on top of being
denied access to give legal assistance to the arrested activists.
As the Save Zimbabwe Campaign, we view yesterday's events
as yet another testimony to a deepening national crisis. The death
of Tandare, arrests and torture of Save Zimbabwe Campaign activists
open yet another sad chapter in the country's unfolding history.
It is unfortunate that precious lives continue to be lost for the
furtherance of selfish political interests.
Lawyers of the Save Zimbabwe Campaign who visited the detainees
report that Tsvangirai fainted three times after severe beatings
by the police while Madhuku passed out and was rushed to Parirenyatwa
Hospital in Harare for urgent medical attention early this morning.
In Highfields, the police last night were assaulting ordinary citizens
in the suburb for allegedly supporting opposition politicians and
the organizers of the rally. It is reported that several people
were injured during the melee instigated by the State.
In the interests of peace and national development, we call upon
the Minister of Home Affairs to unconditionally release all the
political detainees. Our position on the development of Zimbabwe
remains that we need a new democratic constitution leading to free
and fair elections in 2008. Shedding blood of innocent Zimbabweans
is retrogressive and inimical to the virtues of the liberation struggle.
As the nation mourns another lost life, the people of Zimbabwe and
the international community are urged to continue rallying behind
the cause for a democratic and prosperous Zimbabwe. The death of
Tandare and yesterday's arrests will take the people's
agenda forward. Our just, legitimate and peaceful struggle will
not cease until a new, free, prosperous and democratic dispensation
unfolds in Zimbabwe.
Please credit www.kubatana.net if you make use of material from this website.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.