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Zanu PF forcibly buries Murambatsvina victim as police disrupt solidarity service
Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)
September 18, 2007

Armed Anti-Riot 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.

The Combined 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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