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Save Zimbabwe detention diary Day 8
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
March 21, 2007

Police brutality claims another life

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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