MDC Officials Brutalised After Abduction
Harare, July 15, 2011 – Two members of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s
faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), who were abducted on
Thursday in Mbare by suspected Zanu (PF) militia known as Chipangano, are
battling for their lives at a private hospital.
In a statement to the media, the MDC-T said Abel Samakande, the MDC-T Mutoko
East district chairperson and Steven Zenda, the Mutoko East District
Organising Secretary, were seriously assaulted by Zanu (PF) thugs in Mbare
Samakande sent a sms to a Radio VOP reporter about his abduction on Thursday
The MDC-T said Zenda, 36, who was at the Mbare Musika bus terminus was
forced out of a bus by Zanu (PF) youths led by one Hondo and started
assaulting him. “They dragged him to a building opposite former Bata Stores
at Mbare Musika where other Zanu (PF) youths were gathered and further
assaulted him with booted feet, button sticks and metal rods. The assault
resulted in him sustaining injuries on his head, hands, feet and back. Zenda
was forced to call his superiors to come to Mbare. He contacted his district
chairperson, Samakande, 42 who on arrival had his car’s side window smashed
as Zanu (PF) youths tried to abduct him,” read part of the MDC-T statement.
“The two were then allegedly dragged into a torture base at Mbare Musika,
where they were further assaulted. During the assault, two police Internal
Security Intelligence, (PISI) officers are said to have arrived, and in the
presence of Zanu (PF)’s Chipangano chairperson and one Hondo, took details
of the two before they were released. The MDC-T said the two activists
reported the incident at Mbare Police Station where a docket was opened but
no arrests had been made although the assailants have been identified. The
RRB number is; 1217898.
“The two have since been admitted in hospital. Zanu (PF)’s violent
Chipangano terror group continues to roam the streets of Mbare, harassing,
intimidating and assaulting known MDC activists and supporters but no action
is taken against them,” the statement noted.
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