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groups slam politicians over jailed activists
Rights groups on Saturday
criticised Zimbabwean political leaders for beating their chests
about progress towards formation of a unity government while forgetting
detained Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) activists.
About 30 opposition MDC
activists, including 72-year-old Fidelis Chiramba and Ghandi Mudzingwa
- a former personal assistant of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai,
are languishing in jail for more than three months after they were
abducted from their homes or work places on terrorism-related charges.
is the most extreme case amongst all political prisoners who remain
incarcerated whilst politicians congratulate themselves about progress
made in moving towards the establishment of an inclusive government,"
director of Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights Irene Petras told reporters.
political rivals are in the process of forming a unity government
as directed by
the Southern African Development Community (SADC) two weeks
President Robert Mugabe
will remain head of state in the coalition government while MDC
leader Tsvangirai becomes Prime Minister and rebel opposition faction
leader Arthur Mutambara takes up one of the two Deputy Premier's
"We believe that
the manner in which Mr Chiramba and his fellow political prisoners
are being treated is a reflection of the lack of sincerity of politicians
in ensuring that the security of all persons in Zimbabwe remains
paramount," Petras said.
of the Zimbabwe
Doctors for Human Rights Douglas Gwatidzo also condemned the
continued detentions, saying the activists had been severely tortured
and were "in danger and need adequate attention and care in
a functional hospital".
"Mr Chiramba continues
to be denied access to adequate medical treatment," Gwatidzo
said, adding; "He was taken to the Avenues Clinic for treatment.
He exhibited evidence of congestive cardiac failure secondary to
severe hypertension. He still exhibits evidence of soft tissue injuries
secondary to his assault."
Meanwhile, retired Anglican
archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu said on Saturday that he doubts
Zimbabwe's unity government can work, insisting the solution to
the country's crisis is the departure of Mugabe.
"I haven't changed,"
he told the media on Saturday. "He's had an innings. It was
a good innings and then he messed up. Let him step down."
Zimbabwe has been hit
by a cholera outbreak that the UN says has killed 3 229 people and
infected 62 909 others across the country - the worst death
toll in Africa from an outbreak of the normally preventable disease
in 15 years -compounding the southern African country's
Zimbabweans hope the
unity government would help ease the political situation and allow
the country to focus on tackling the economic crisis and humanitarian
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