national coordinator brutally assaulted by army personnel
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Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ)
July 30, 2007
Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ) National Coordinator,
Innocent Kasiyano, together with his Zimbabwe Youth Forum counterpart,
Wellington Zindove, was brutally assaulted by uniformed military
members at the 2 Brigade barracks in Cranborne, Harare yesterday
evening. The two Coordinators were discussing pertinent issues relating
to the national crisis in the company of fellow youth activists,
Washington Katema (ZINASU
Coordinator), Cleto Manjova from Christian Care among others at
Breaside Shopping center. The two were picked up by military details
upon instruction from a high ranking military official only identified
as Danisa Mpofu based at the 2 Brigade military bases in Breaside.
The two were in military custody from around 1930hrs till around
midnight when the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights Director, Arnold
Tsunga, intervened on their behalf liaising through the Breaside
Police station. The two were later released after severe beatings
which resulted in them sustaining serious injuries. The SCMZ National
Coordinator sustained injuries on both legs and is yet to regain
his full ability to walk. Wellington Zindove bled profusely from
the mouth and nostrils and had swollen eyes. The two are still receiving
medical assistance from private medical practitioners.
These incidents bear further testimony of a nation in turmoil where
state paranoia has reached alarming levels that bona fide discussion
on national issues are perceived as regime change agendas. Zimbabwean
citizens now live in perpetual fear of their own government. In
spite of all the odds, Zimbabweans are encouraged to remain vigilant
in their resolve to see a better Zimbabwe blossoming in economic
prosperity and social stability.
is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts
those wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those
who are subject to it. Fearlessness is the best response to governmental
violence . . . Truth, justice and compassion . . . is often the
only bulwarks against ruthless power . . ."
(The Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Oslo, Norway 1991, quoting
from an essay by Aung San Suu Kyi in their citation to her Nobel
Psalms 72: 4
"May He defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance
to the needy, and crush the oppressor!"
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