Snake Slithers Into MDC-A Activists’ Jail Cell At Chikurubi

A snake reportedly slithered into a prison cell holding MDC Alliance youth leaders Joanna Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison on Sunday.

According to respected journalist Violet Gonda, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) guards took a long time to react even though the MDC Alliance duo screamed for help.


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Gonda said the prison guards initially said they were waiting for officials from the Zimbabwe Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) to come and take away the reptile.

Mamombe and Chimbiri were later moved out of the cell and taken to another cell holding inmates infected with the coronavirus. Said Gonda via Twitter:

A snake crawled into opposition activists [Joana Mamombe] [and] [Cecilia Chimbiri]’s prison cell at Chikurubi yesterday. [Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights]’s [Roselyn Hanzi] confirmed this.

Reports say they screamed for help but guards took their time. Said they were waiting for National Parks!

Later they were transferred to a cell with COVID infected inmates [and] back to the same cell with holes.

These women have suffered greatly. To watch them go through this again is traumatising.

This is a violent assault on their mental health. Nobody deserves to be treated so shabbily.

Mamombe and Chimbiri were last week denied bail by magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwiriro who remanded them to 23 March.

They were arrested on 5 March after they held a Press conference at the Harare Magistrates Court in protest over the arrest of MDC Alliance committee member, Makomborero Haruziviishe.

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3 comments on “Snake Slithers Into MDC-A Activists’ Jail Cell At Chikurubi

  1. These Girls actually enjoy their going to prison.They are drama queens.They initiate fights with cops.always up to mischief.They aren’t the only opposition characters in the country.Most well behaved opposition characters have never been arrested even for a single day.These got voted into parliament so they behave like activists.

  2. Zanu pf is not Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe is not Zanu pf that’s all wat I can say for now vanehutsinye Ty they put that snake into them so that they can be killed.

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