Zimbabwe’s government has finally broken it’s silence over the alleged abduction and torture of opposition party MDC officials on Wednesday by suspected state agents.
In a circular making round on social media, the government revealed that investigations are currently underway to establish what transpired.
The three opposition party officials, Joana Mamombe, Netsai Marova and Cecilia Chimbiri who are currently admitted at a private medical facility for treatment after suffering massive injuries and trauma, were allegedly abducted by unknown assailants soon after their arrest on Wednesday.
They were arrested for holding an unsanctioned demonstration in Harare’s high-density suburb, Warren Park, during the Covid-19 induced nationwide lockdown.
However, although police had initially confirmed their arrests, they made a dramatic u-turn barely 24 hours, claiming that the trio was not in their custody.
Read the government’s statement in full below.
ZIMBABWE PRESS RELEASE
15 May 2020 Government has noted with concern reports of the alleged abductions of three citizens namely, the legislator for Harare West (MDC-T) Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova on 13 May 2020.
So far we have established the following details;
The three women were part of a group of MDC youths that defied the lockdown laws in the country and took part in an illegal demonstration in Warren Park, Harare.
Police then sought to interview them on suspicion of committing crimes related to the lockdown laws and the holding of illegal demonstrations.
Whilst the police were looking for them, social media chatter indicating that the three had disappeared was observed.
Measures were put in place to locate their whereabouts. On the night of the 14th the Police were informed that the three suspects had been located at Muchapondwa Business Centre in Bindura.
Investigations are currently under way to establish what transpired to the three women from the time they left the demonstration up to the point when they reportedly picked up at Muchapondwa Business Centre.
Government will uphold the law and constitutional safeguards contained therein, and if any law has been broken, the law will be enforced. We are calling on the three citizens to work with the law enforcement agents in order to bring the truth to light and we are appealing to anyone with information concerning this case to make a report with the Police.
Secretary for Information Publicity and broadcasting Services