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  • More torture victims open up in Matuku village
    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
    June 01, 2010

    More than a hundred people converged in Matuku village of Murewa north for a torture awareness workshop.

    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.

    Mangwende reiterated 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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