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CHRA mourns Rebecca Mafukeni
Harare Residents Association (CHRA)
August 14, 2013
CHRA has received
with great shock the untimely death of Rebecca Mafukeni who died
at Parirenyatwa Hospital after being in prison custody for more
than two years now. Rebecca was initially incarcerated after the
of a police inspector in Glenview together with 28 other activists.
We will miss Rebecca, who for the past years has been a participant
in most of our programs especially clean-up campaigns in Warren
Park and Kambuzuma.
CHRA would like
to condemn and blame the inhuman prison conditions with which Rebecca
has been subjected to for the past two years. We would like to make
it categorically clear to the state prosecutors who at some point
argued in court that Rebecca was in no serious medical condition
that would warrant her release to hospital, and that her denial
of medication attention has immensely contributed to her death.
Simultaneously we also acknowledge the callous treatment that she
was subjected to at the hands of heartless prison officers who were
reportedly refusing her access to treatment. We were concerned to
hear that Rebecca had gone blind and that was the point she had
to be transferred to hospital under police guard and expected to
As CHRA, we
demand an immediate investigation into the cause of her death. As
Zimbabweans, we value the gift of life as one irreplaceable gift
that God has given us and for someone to deprive her that inalienable
right is very much unacceptable hence we need to know what happened
and all those responsible for her death should be brought to account.
CHRA sends its
deep condolences to the Mafukeni family and encourage them to take
comfort in the fact that Rebecca effectively contributed to the
fight for the protection of human rights and the broader democratisation
of local governance in Zimbabwe will forever be remembered.
Fare thee well
Rebecca, God will fight for your honour…
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