Zim Rights Commission condemns the Abduction of MDC Alliance Youth Leaders

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Rights Commission institutes investigations on the abduction and torture of MDC Alliance activists, TSTnews reports.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission has instituted full scale investigations on the alleged abduction and torture of MDC MP Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova with the aim of bringing the perpetrators to account for human rights violations.

By Liberty Makusha

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission is mandated to receive and investigate complaints of violation of human rights and administrative justice as provided in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

” Through its own initiative, the ZHRC commenced investigations on the alleged abduction and torture of 3 female MDC Alliance members who went missing on 13 May 2020 and were later found in Bindura on Friday 15 May 2020,” reads the statement released by the rights commission.

TSTnews learnt that the Commission has already interviewed key witnesses, informants and the MDC Alliance representatives when it conducted a fact finding visit at the Parktown Hospital where the victims are hospitalised.

The Human Rights Commission categorically denounced violence against women as it violates the Maputo Protocol which forbids abduction and torture.

TSTnews observed that the Commission is urging the Parliament of Zimbabwe to quickly enact a law that enable citizens to report complaints against members of the security sector to an independent investigating body unlike the current situation where the police should investigate itself against wrong doing.

The government of President Mnangagwa is also encouraged to put in place mechanisms to ensure compensation of victims of state agents and police brutality.

TSTnews noted that the rights organisation cautioned the MDC Alliance against breaking lockdown regulations by demonstrating and encouraged the opposition party to use other means of registering discontent like litigation.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission argues that the fact that the 3 activists had breached the law does not strip them of their rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights, especially the rights of arrested and detained persons.

Meanwhile, TSTnews exclusively reveals that the Mercedes Benz of MP Mamombe was found parked at Harare Central Police station pointing to the fact that the two were taken away from the police after they were arrested and made to drive to the station. The new evidence makes it impossible for the police to give a credible explanation that show that the 3 MDC youth leaders stage managed abduction and torture to score political points.