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NCA activists found in Hwange and Bubi
Tererai Karimakwenda, SW Radio Africa
June 18, 2007
of the 50 activists reported missing by the National
Constitutional Assembly on Friday were found over the weekend,
after they had been dumped hundreds of miles away from their homes.
Tapera Kapuya of the NCA said 18 of them were found in Hwange National
Park and 13 along the Masvingo Highway close to Bubi. According
to Kapuya, all of them had been heavily assaulted and are receiving
medical treatment. Among the group found in Hwange was a female
activist, 67 years of age. The victims also included mothers with
babies on their backs. Kapuya said no information has been made
available by the police as to the whereabouts of the remaining 19.
Kapera said of the six they knew to be in police custody, three
were released Monday without charge. They also sustained serious
injuries after being assaulted in custody and are receiving medical
treatment. The NCA now believe only two remain in detention but
cannot confirm the number because police are denying them access
to legal representation. Those arrested were taken from the Central
Business District in Harare on Friday as police violently dispersed
activists who were gathering for a demonstration.
Kapuya said the two groups
that were found included NCA members, opposition members and activists,
as well as ordinary civilians that were targeted for unknown reasons.
As the victims reveal more information it turns out that some were
picked up randomly by government agents in plain clothes. Others
were taken from their homes or places of employment and shopping
centres. The NCA representative said the group would not seek any
justice from the courts. He added: "The campaign is being perpetrated
by the legal system, by those who are supposed to protect the people.
It would be foolhardy to look for recourse from these same people."
Kapuya said the government was trying to silence reform and to silence
democratic forces. He stressed that the group would continue to
exert as much pressure as they can to push for a new constitution.
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