The opposition MDC led by advocate Nelson Chamisa has dismissed allegations by the ruling ZANU PF and government that there is a “third force” abducting and torturing citizens.
The State had argued that it would not have committed human rights violations immediately before grandiose summits or when United Nations observers were in the country since that was tantamount to shooting self in the foot.
Responding to that reasoning, MDC deputy spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said in a statement that ZANU PF had committed violence under similar circumstances before.
He said that Cephas Magura, the MDC chairperson for ward 1 in Mudzi North was murdered by Zanu PF in May 2012 at Chimukoko Business Centre whilst the SADC Summit was underway.
Taborinyoka added that former party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, had to alert Sadc leaders during the summit that one of the party’s supporters had been murdered. He added:
Venue and timing of violence have never mattered to Zanu PF. On May 18, 2007, Chamisa, then the MDC spokesperson, was seized and beaten at the Harare
International Airport in front of frightened travellers as he headed for a European Union parliamentary conference in Brussels, Belgium. Eight men with iron bars beat him to pulp, took his passport, bags and laptop before speeding off in two cars, one without a licence plate. Seven of his assailants wore suits and one was in an army vest.
There has been a spree of abduction and torture of government critics lately with some observers saying it was the state trying to instil fear in the members of the public.
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