A significant number of senior MDC officials and civil society leaders have gone underground as state security agents continue with a brutal clampdown on suspected protest leaders.
Suspected Security forces reporteedly stormed the home of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiCZ) chairperson Rashid Mahiya’s parents in Chitungwiza and “seized” his mother as they demanded to know his whereabouts over the weekend. Crisis Coalition regional co-ordinator Blessing Vava said:
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition national chairperson Rashid Mahiya’s mother . . . Hilda Mahiya was reportedly abducted by soldiers this afternoon at her residence in Unit K, Chitungwiza.
The soldiers claimed they were looking for son Rashid. As of now, we do not have information on her whereabouts, and we are worried about her life.
We condemn this cowardly and barbaric act by the military which has mutated into a murderous army.
In the same vein, we demand her unconditional release and all other missing persons that have been abducted around the country by the rogue security forces.
We further reiterate our call to Sadc, AU (African Union) and the international community at large to urgently intervene in the deterioration of human rights and a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe.
Also of major concern is the continued criminalisation of civil society work and the wanton threats of closing down institutions advocating for the supremacy of human rights and entrenchment of democratic processes.
The international community has condemned the brutal attack carried out on citizens by the security forces yet it seems the protests are falling on deaf ears.