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PF forcibly buries Murambatsvina victim as police disrupt solidarity
Residents Association (CHRA)
September 18, 2007
police on Saturday stormed a Solidarity Funeral service organized
by the Combined Harare Residents association. The service had been
meant to assist a victim of Operation
Murambatsvina who died last week on Thursday in Mbare. The victim
had lay dead in a makeshift home made of plastic shacks where she
had been living since May 2005.
60 CHRA activists were
arrested and detained at Harare Central Police station and had to
be released on fines later the same evening. CHRA condemns the illegal
arrest of its members and the heavy beating of its Secretariat members
during the detention of its activists. This shows the heavy handedness
of the security forces in the country.
CHRA is saddened to report
that ZANUPF thugs on Sunday 16 September at about 14:00 forced some
of the family members to retrieve the body of the late Memory Jiriguru
at Nyaradzo Funeral Services and buried it at Mabvuku cemetery.
The Solidarity service and assistance that had been organized by
CHRA has thus been interrupted. Some of the family members who were
not part of the service came to CHRA offices to report the sad event
that has befallen them.
Meanwhile some of the
CHRA members who were assisting in mobilizing Murambatsvina victims
and Mbare residents to participate in the service are on the run
as ZANUPF thugs in the area are in search of them. The thugs have
threatened to deal with them for organizing people to participate
in CHRA activities.
Harare Residents Association (CHRA) is appalled by the levels of
repression in the country. CHRA urges Mbare residents to be vigilant
in these trying times as the political temperature continues to
heighten. To the bereaved family members who have been denied an
opportunity to brry their own CHRA sends its condolences and wishes
the late Memory Jiriguru rest in the lord's peace. We are
appalled that it is now illegal to conduct funeral services in Zimbabwe.
This is reminiscent of what happened to NCA activist Mr. Gift Tandare
whose family members were also dined an opportunity to bury him.
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