Soldiers assault activists for wearing MDC-T t-shirts

August 17, 2012 at 9:17 am Leave a comment

By Lance Guma

Two MDC-T activists were assaulted by soldiers at a bar in Epworth on
Saturday, and then abducted the following day by the same soldiers who
decided to hand them over to notorious thugs from the Chipangano gang in
Mbare.

Speaking to SW Radio Africa on Wednesday Kennedy Masiye, from Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights, confirmed that his clients Golden Nyika (19) and
Petros Makaza (21) were assaulted for wearing MDC-T party t-shirts.

He said a soldier in uniform accompanied by 3 of his colleagues walked into
the bar and approached them, asking why they were wearing party t-shirts.
Masiye said there was a scuffle which resulted in his clients being beaten
by the soldiers.

“Unfortunately the next morning these gentlemen (soldiers) came to the
residence of my clients with eight other guys and abducted them,” he said.
The youths were then handed over to the Chipangano gang in Mbare for more
assaults and torture.

Masiye told SW Radio Africa that his clients, “were thoroughly beaten and
one of them had a burnt buttock and the other one had lacerations on his arm
and I think his fingers might be broken.”

To justify the arrests the soldiers claimed the MDC-T youths had stolen a
beret and cellphone from the soldier they scuffled with in Epworth.

“On Sunday I appeared at the police station and the guys appeared visibly
injured and I had to negotiate with the officer in charge to go with them to
Harare Hospital and unfortunately they were not attended to. We had to find
other means of attending to them,” Masiye said.

On Wednesday the youths appeared in court and the lawyer says he filed a
complaint against the police, as accompanying the soldiers who assaulted the
youths was a police officer, stationed in Braeside.

The youths were granted $30 bail and the next remand hearing is on the 28th
August.

SW Radio Africa also understands soldiers have been terrorising residents in
Epworth at the Munyuki shops since Friday.

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