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Zimbabwe detention diary Day 8
in Zimbabwe Coalition
March 21, 2007
Police brutality claims another
Itai Manyeruke, a member of the opposition,
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) died after being abducted and
severely beaten up by the police on the 11th of March 2007.
Manyeruke, who was abducted in Highfields
during the Save Zimbabwe Campaign prayer rally, died on the 12th
of March 2007, he was 30 years old. According to reports, after
the police realized that they had murdered a citizen, they stashed
his body at Harare Hospital mortuary. No notification was given
to relatives and friends and the body was only discovered on the
20th of March after Manyeruke’s relatives hunted for it.
A post-mortem report revealed that
the deceased suffered a painful death, sustaining many fractures
on his spinal cord. He will be buried in Buhera today with his father,
a general hand at Swift, footing all the bills since Manyeruke’s
funeral policy only caters for burial in Harare.
This brutal murder brings to two the
total number of MDC activists slain since the Save Zimbabwe rally.
Gift Tandare was shot dead during a run in with the police in Highfields
on the 11th of March 2007.
CHRA stages successful march
150 members of the Combined
Harare Residents Association (CHRA) staged a successful march
to the townhouse yesterday, 20 March 2007.
The marchers were protesting against
the continued disregard of a High Court order by Minister of Local
Governance, Ignatius Chombo. On the 2nd of March 2007, in the case
of Nomsa Chideya versus the City of Harare, Justice Kamocha ruled
that the commission running the City of Harare is illegal. However,
Chombo and the Commission’s Chairperson, Sekesai Makwavarara continue
to defy the ruling.
In addition, they were marching against
the continued looting of resources by the illegal commission. The
march took off at the footbridge along Julius Nyerere road to the
Town House. On arrival at the destination, municipal police attempted
to thwart the protest but failed, as the protestors were too many.
They however dispersed after the arrival of riot police.
No arrests were made.
CIO after ZCTU district chairman
Jacob Magombedze, the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) chairman for Kariba district
has been summoned by members of the Central Intelligence Organisation
(CIO) ahead of the April 4 and 5 mass stay away being organized
by labour unions countrywide.
Magombedze is being accused of distributing
fliers allegedly containing subversive information. The interrogation
of Magombedze comes in the wake of the arrest of ZCTU activists
in Karoi for distributing fliers urging workers to take heed of
the ZCTU calls for a stay away.
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