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Anti-bond notes activists missing

THREE activists, who were allegedly abducted along High Glen road in Harare’s Mufakose suburb by suspected state security agents in the early hours of Friday ahead of a planned anti-bond notes demonstration were said to be still missing yesterday.

BY VENERANDA LANGA/BLESSED MHLANGA

#Tajamuka/Sesijikile spokesperson and actor Silvanos Mudzvova identified the three as Calvin Mutumba, Nathan Matadza and Nashe Benson Savanhu who were travelling together with Patson Dzamara — who was brutally assaulted and later dumped naked close to the Harare-Bulawayo highway.

Their two vehicles were torched and reduced to shells.

“We have not yet located the three comrades who were travelling with Dzamara when their vehicles were intercepted at the intersection of High Glen and Mukonono in Mufakose,” Mudzvova said.

He alleged police have not been helpful in trying to locate the three.

“We went to report the issue at Marimba police station, but the police were not cooperative and were even violent to the people who approached them to report the matter,” he alleged.

He said another activist brutalised together with Dzamara, Ishmael Kauzani had been discharged from hospital.
Police spokesperson, senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba said she was yet to get information about the incident.

Dzamara told The Standard that he was responding well to treatment and that the injuries he sustained were not very serious.

Meanwhile, Bishop Ancelimo Magaya’s Zimbabwe Divine Destiny said President Robert Mugabe’s government had gone too far and must be stopped.

“The Bible warns governments of this land in Ezekiel 45:9 saying, “…you have gone too far Oh princes of Israel [Zimbabwe], give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right,” he said.

Magaya said it was time Parliament responded to a petition by churches calling on the impeachment of Mugabe over bad governance and human rights abuses.

“Mugabe has lost grip of his forces that are now marauding aimlessly pouncing on any perceived voices of dissent,” he said. 

“As the church, we will not acquiesce to this diabolical conduct by keeping quiet, but again admonish and rebuke the head of state to observe human rights, a basic tenet of the liberation struggle.”

Meanwhile, the other 12 activists who were arrested for alleged disorderly conduct and illegally gathering during the Friday demonstration yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe where they were granted $100 bail each.

Police officers had sought authorisation to further detain them, but Chikwekwe threw out their application.

The 12, who are being represented by Obey Shava, include prominent lawyer Advocate Fadzai Mahere and pastor Phillip Mugadza.

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