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More torture victims open up in Matuku village
Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
June 01, 2010
More than a hundred
people converged in Matuku village of Murewa north for a torture
The first testimony was
from Mr. David Mangwende, an eyewitness to the murder of the late
Professor Shepherd Jani of Murewa. Mangwende narrated how Jani was
abducted burnt alive and tortured before being murdered. His body
was recovered and taken to Murewa hospital where the pathologist
was forced to lie about the dearth situation. Mangwende requested
for a forensic test. At Parirenyatwa hospital, it was discovered
that the body had broken bones and five bullets.
that the events are still as vivid in him as they were when they
happened and have haunted him since. He, like many other victims
of the 2008
political violence, still suffer the trauma silently as no professional
help has been given to them. The late Jani's wife failed to
deal with the trauma, which led to her dearth, leaving behind two
children who are still in primary school.
Another testimony was
from a torture survivor Mr. Graham Nyahada. He was attacked at his
homestead at mid night by suspected ZANU PF hooligans who smashed
his door and destroyed his property and other belongings before
abducting him. Nyahada was taken to a secluded place where they
pricked his eye leaving him with the use of one eye.
Although the workshop
managed to break most of the political ice in Matuku village, ZimRights
calls for all organisations and individuals who can assist the traumatized
victims of 2008 to extend their help to these people. If the nation
is to heal, these people must be assisted in dealing with the experiences
that they went through. As Zimbabweans we should all take part in
the national healing process and not leave the government to deal
with the issue on its own.
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