Senior MDC Alliance officials have condemned the leaking of pictures of three party activists allegedly by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) forensic department.
The three activists, Harare West Legislator, Joanna Mamombe and her colleagues Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova were taken from police custody, and were tortured and s_xually assaulted by unknown assailants last week.
Posting on Twitter, MDC Alliance Secretary for Welfare, Maureen Kademaunga said the pictures were taken in utmost confidence and it is inappropriate for the photos to be splashed on social media. She said:
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I am deeply disturbed that inappropriately exposing pictures of the MDCT trio that were taken by the Zimbabwe Republic Police forensic department in utmost confidence have been leaked by the same to social media. Completely unacceptable and unprofessional behaviour by a police officer.
MDC Alliance secretary-general Chalton Hwende has also condemned the release of the “nudes” to “Varakashi”, calling it immoral and unethical. Said Hwende:
Why do police release photos taken for investigations to Varakashi? I saw in the morning that even nudes of the tortured girls have been splashed on the internet this is deplorable, wicked and cruel. These girls have families, fathers and brothers. Hazvina hunhu izvi Police.
The three activists are admitted at a local hospital, under police guard, where they are receiving treatment following their gruesome ordeal.
“Varakashi” is a term used to describe mostly “ghost” Twitter accounts which are pro-government and habitually disparage and malign people they consider independent-minded and opposition party activists and supporters.