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will absolve Bronislawa Kwinjo
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
The entire NCA Taskforce,
Staff and membership joins the Kwinjo family in mourning the death
of Bronislawa Kwinjo who died last week after succumbing to the
injuries she sustained after being inflicted on her by the police
in July this year while demonstrating for a new constitution.
Ms Kwinjo (64) was one
of the 243 NCA members who were brutally assaulted by the police
on 25 July 2007 at Harare Central police station. The assaults followed
a successful peaceful demonstration inn which 400 activists took
part. Ms Kwinjo and 242 others were later arrested by police at
the NCA Head office from where they were taken to Harare central
police station. They were heavily brutalized by police for more
than four hours before being released into the dark of the night.
When Ms Kwnjo was taken
to hospital, x-rays showed that she had sustained severe fractures
on her chest. She never got to fully recover and continued to be
in and out of hospital until her death on 7 September 2007.
We hoped she would be
back on her feet again and continue in the struggle for a new, democratic
and people-driven constitution. That was not to be. We have now
lost this gallant daughter of the constitutional movement to forces
of oppression who thrive on evil. Now, her 10 children have been
left without a loving and caring mother.
Not only her children
are in a state of a painful loss. The entire pro-democracy movement
has lost yet another mother of the revolution. She is a heroine
history will certainly absolve her for the heroic life she lived
Lala ngokhuthula qawe
lethu. Rarai murugare gamba redu. Rest in peace our hero.
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