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  • ZimRights holds public meeting on torture
    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
    May 31, 2010

    More than 100 people converged in Chivheya village in Chemhondoro area for a meeting on torture held by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights).

    In spite of the political differences, Chivheya villagers came to the meeting to discuss issues of torture and national healing. One of the testimonies was given by an old woman who was abducted and tortured for four days because her son was a Movement for Democratic Change supporter.

    She was beaten stripped off her clothes and was forced to move around the village wearing sack to cover her body saying, 'Ndiri kutanda botso raMbuya Nehanda!' (Meaning she was being punished for having scorned the spirit of Mbuya Nehanda, who they refer to as the ancestor). She has not been compensated for the shame that she suffered, considering her age and non-involvement in politics.

    However people of Murewa have not lost hope for a violent free Zimbabwe. Many pointed out that the constitution reform process has offered them an opportunity to deal with violators and ensure that justice is delivered. To them, the new constitution is a more permanent solution to their protection against politically motivated violence.

    Some of the aspects that the people want in the constitution include limited executive powers and a fixed five year presidential office term, only the House of Assembly should function, that the amendment clause in the new constitution be clearly spelt out and be inflexible to any amendments.

    There is still a lot of suppressed anger within the people of Zimbabwe resulting in mounting tension and divisions amongst people living in the same community, a major obstacle in efforts to achieve the peace and harmony. All the architects of the 2008 violence should apologize and be punished for the pain and suffering they have caused.

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