MDC national chairperson Thabitha Khumalo castigated President Emmerson Mnangagwa for his comments during a France24 News interview over the weekend.
Mnangagwa said that women who claim to have been raped were lying and most of the rape reports were stage-managed.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Khumalo had this to say:
As a people of Zimbabwe, we are saying to the world that what he (Mnangagwa) said was not true.
As MDC, it is absolutely shocking to hear such a statement from the President of Zimbabwe who is illegitimate from our point of view because, to us, he did not win this election.
The sad thing about Zanu PF is that they have made the truth look like lies, lies look like truth; peace look like war, and war looks like peace.
… The women were raped, and those women cannot and will not, for fear of victimization, brutalization and finally death to go and report to the rapes.
As women of Zimbabwe, we are saying no one, from the head of state right down to the kombi driver, has a right to violate our bodies without consent.
Zimbabwe’s security forces have been accused of raping women after they were deployed in suburbs to deal with protestors. The government has, however, consistently exonerated soldiers of such crimes and instead, blamed thugs.