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Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                                      gvnet.com/torture/Zimbabwe.htm

Republic of Zimbabwe

The government of Zimbabwe faces a wide variety of difficult economic problems as it struggles with an unsustainable fiscal deficit, an overvalued official exchange rate, hyperinflation, and bare store shelves. Its 1998-2002 involvement in the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo drained hundreds of millions of dollars from the economy. The government's land reform program, characterized by chaos and violence, has badly damaged the commercial farming sector, the traditional source of exports and foreign exchange and the provider of 400,000 jobs, turning Zimbabwe into a net importer of food products.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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CAUTION:  The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Zimbabwe.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

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'Jailing Mugabe would bring Zimbabwe bad luck', says survivor of Mugabe's torture

Mahlatse Mahlase, News24, Johannesburg, 24 Nov 2017

m.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/jailing-mugabe-would-bring-zimbabwe-bad-luck-says-survivor-of-mugabes-torture-20171124

[accessed 25 November 2017]

A survivor of atrocities committed by former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's regime, has called for a truth and reconciliation commission instead of jailing the former long time ruler.

I was arrested about 11 times - three times I was tortured with electro shocks, water dumping and water suffocation and they threw me in remand prison for 23 days wounded and still they continued torturing me but refused to give me medication," Chikowero said.

MP relives horrible CIO abduction, torture

Veneranda Langa, The Standard, 17 July 2016

www.thestandard.co.zw/2016/07/17/mp-relives-horrible-cio-abduction-torture/

[accessed 2 August 2016]

“Initially, we were taken together in a Toyota Venture vehicle — blue in colour. We were blindfolded and kept separately incommunicado for 55 days. ln solitary confinement, we were harassed, tortured and beaten up thoroughly in a bid to make us confess to what we did not do,” she said.

Chinanzvavana said they were detained incommunicado from October 30 up to December 22 2008, after which they were taken to Ahmed House in Harare at the police’s Central Investigations Department (CID) fraud section. They were then told they were now in the hands of the police.

“The officer-in-charge was Superintendent Peter Magwenzi. We were then kept in police custody for two days and two nights for collection of statements, and then taken to court on Christmas eve of 2008,” she recalls.

“We were remanded in custody at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison’s D-section until March 3 2009, when we got out on bail.”.

Mukoko reveals grotesque torture

Daily News, Harare, 8 May 2016

www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2016/05/08/mukoko-reveals-grotesque-torture

[accessed 14 August 2016]

Then her captors accused her of working with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and stunningly accused her of insurgency and recruiting MDC youths to train in Botswana in an alleged regime change plot.

She denied this, and the torture started. She was told to either turn State witness “or face extinction” and be buried in the premises.

She recalls being beaten brutally on the soles of her feet.

“They used long steel covered in rubber all over; it was the most painful thing my body had ever experienced.

“That method of torture is called falanga, where they whip your soles because they knew that in the past it was not easy to detect the injuries, even through x-ray. But now there is scan called the colour doppler, that can easily detect dilated veins that are in line with that kind of torture.”

Speaking at the Harare book launch, Petras lamented that Zimbabwe still does not have laws which deal with enforced disappearances.

“This presents a challenge to lawyers and even the police don’t know how to deal with matters of this nature,” she said.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2015 - Events of 2014

Human Rights Watch, 29 January 2015

www.hrw.org/world-report/2015/... or download PDF at  www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/wr2015_web.pdf

[accessed 18 March 2015]

ZIMBABWE

The government of President Robert Mugabe continued to violate human rights in 2014 without regard to protections in the country’s new constitution. An expected legislative framework and new or amended laws to improve human rights in line with the constitution never materialized.

ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PAST ABUSES - Lack of accountability for past abuses remains a serious problem in Zimbabwe. The government has failed to ensure justice for victims more than five years after the 2008 politically motivated violence in which the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), backed by state security forces, committed widespread and systematic abuses that led to the killing of up to 200 people, the beating and torture of 5,000 more, and the displacement of about 36,000 people.

Zanu PF officials ordered to compensate torture victim

Mthulisi Mathuthu, SW Radio Africa, 2 mAY 2014

nehandaradio.com/2014/05/02/zanu-pf-officials-ordered-compensate-torture-victim/

[accessed 4 May 2014]

Nyasha Gutsire was awarded $3,000 in compensation for the pain he suffered at the hands of Inyanga ZANU PF officials during the 2008 elections. The late Justice Karwi found both Matthew Nyamakanga and Nicholas Matsivira guilty of abducting Gutsire and handing him over to thugs at whose hands he suffered his fate.

Nyamakanga and Matsivira, both ZANU PF officials, abducted their victim in June 2008 and handed him over to thugs at the Nyanga Community Hall in Nyamhuka Business Center. Gutsire was then assaulted with logs and suffered injuries to his feet and eyes which persist to this day. He was also forced to sit very close to a fire, which aggravated his pain and injuries.

Police torture Mbada Diamond employees

Zimbabwe Independent, 17 April 2014

www.theindependent.co.zw/2014/04/17/police-torture-mbada-diamond-employees/

[accessed 20 April 2014]

Gwazaza, who is employed as a sorter supervisor by Mbada Diamonds, said: “They (police) boasted that they could kill me and nothing will happen to them by way of being arrested and tried. One of the investigating officers wielded a baton stick and told me to agree with what they were saying and admit the allegation.”

He further claimed: “He hit me on my back about once or twice. I saw that I was in great danger and I had to accede and submit.”   Gondo said he was subjected to assault while being handcuffed.

He said: “He Mvere produced a pistol from a laptop bag and pointed it at me. He told me to say my last prayer loudly before he shot me dead.   “I was terrified. It would take a man of superhuman fortitude not to feel terrified under the circumstances. I believed that I was going to be shot dead in a few minutes.”

Support Unit cops torture man to death

New Zimbabwe, 25 February 2014

www.newzimbabwe.com/news-14577-Support+Unit+cops+torture+man+to+death/news.aspx

[accessed 1 March 2014]

Two Chiredzi police officers attached to the ZRP Support Unit fatally tortured a man to death in apparent revenge after he defeated one of them in a fight.

The court heard that the pair tortured Luckson Muringani of Chivhiko Village under Chief Sengwe in Chiredzi for a whole night at Chibwedziva police base in 2010.

Muringani died six days later. Evidence produced in court showed he died from a fractured skull sustained during the torture.

Chiredzi cops ‘torture’ suspect to death

New Zimbabwe, 6 February 2014

www.newzimbabwe.com/news-14261-Chiredzi+cops+%E2%80%98torture%E2%80%99+suspect+to+death/news.aspx

[accessed 8 Feb 2014]

Two Chiredzi police officers have appeared in court charged with murder after allegedly handcuffing and beating a suspect to death.

The fatal assault occurred on January 31 this year when constables Patrick Matutu, 31, and Tatenda Kutsukutsa, 26, - who are stationed at a police station in Chikombedzi - went to arrest Rungani Gezani for domestic violence.   Gezani had allegedly assaulted his wife the previous night.

The court heard that the police officers caught up with Gezani in his fields, handcuffed him and started assaulting him with their batons.   After the assault they forced him to run the 8 km distance to the police station while they cycled behind him.   The prosecutor said after running for a while, Gezani started complaining about dizziness, difficulty in breathing and thirst.   He then collapsed to the ground and the officers frantically tried to resuscitate him by splashing cold water on his lifeless body.

Fresh Zim torture docket handed to SA authorities for investigation

Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa, 3 December 2013

www.swradioafrica.com/2013/12/03/fresh-zim-torture-docket-handed-to-sa-authorities-for-investigation/

[accessed 5 Dec 2013]

nehandaradio.com/2013/12/04/fresh-zim-torture-docket-handed-to-sa-authorities-for-investigation/

[accessed 9 August 2017]

In one affidavit, seven labourers were picked up by police officers, beaten throughout the journey to a police station and while in custody were beaten with an armoured cable and batons. Other examples of torture committed included some victims being beaten over the head with a rifle butt which resulted in a fractured skull, or being beaten on the soles of the feet with a sjambok, logs, cables or iron bars. One of the farm workers reported being beaten over the head with an iron bar and then, after his attackers had urinated on him, they threw him onto a fire they had lit in an open pit.

South Africa Pushed to Hear Zimbabwe Torture Case

Anita Powell, Voice of America VOA News, Johannesburg, 1 November 2013

www.voanews.com/content/south-african-courts-pushed-to-hear-zimbabwe-torture-case/1781502.html

[accessed 2 Nov 2013]

The case that lawyers are pushing South Africa to try is a harrowing one.  In 2007, court documents say, Zimbabwe police raided the headquarters of an opposition party and rounded up scores of supporters.

Those arrested say the police beat, water boarded and shocked them, and even held mock executions.  Their lawyers argue that the torture is a crime against humanity because it was so widespread and systematic.

The names of the alleged perpetrators and victims have not been publicly released, though lawyers have said the accused are “high-level officials.”

But the case has faced resistance in South African courts.  That’s because it happened in neighboring Zimbabwe, and prosecutors have argued that they have no obligation to try the case here.

But the Southern African Litigation Center says that South Africa’s own laws oblige them to step in and prosecute crimes against humanity in their region.

ACHPR Finds Zimbabwe Guilty of Torture

Richard Lee, allAfrica, 24 March 2013

allafrica.com/stories/201303240145.html

[accessed 25 March 2013]

Shumba, who was representing human rights activists and members of the opposition party MDC before courts in Zimbabwe at the time of his arrest and torture at the hands of the police and intelligence personnel, emphasised that the ruling went beyond his case.

Shumba brought a complaint before the African Commission in 2004 and in its decision, the ACHPR considered that Shumba had submitted "more than adequate evidence" to support his allegation of torture and ill-treatment, including being subjected to prolonged electric shocks in the mouth, genitals, fingers, toes and other parts of the body. It said Zimbabwe failed to open an official investigation and that it should do so and bring those responsible to justice.

The state of the world's human rights

Amnesty International AI, Annual Report 2013

www.amnesty.org/en/region/zimbabwe/report-2013

[accessed 14 Feb 2014]

TORTURE AND EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS IN POLICE CUSTODY - At least eight people died in police custody under circumstances that suggest that they were tortured or summarily executed.

On 19 March, three young men who had been taken into custody at Southerton Police station in Harare died in very suspicious circumstances. Tendai Dzigarwi and Rufaro Mahohoma had been arrested on 18 March in Harare’s suburb of Kambuzuma by police from the Vehicle Theft Squad. They were arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft. A third man, Emmson Ngundu, was arrested on 19 March in Zvimba district. The police claimed the three men were killed during an attempted escape, but an independent post-mortem conducted on Tendai Dzigarwi concluded that he died from a gunshot wound to the head fired from 2-3cm. Eyewitness accounts of the wounds of the other two men point to the same conclusion.

On 13 September, two days after his release, Harrison Manyati died at Harare Central Hospital from injuries sustained during torture while in detention at Makoni Police station in Chitungwiza. Harrison Manyati had been arbitrarily arrested and unlawfully detained on 7 September after he had gone to the police station to enquire about a friend arrested for housebreaking, theft and illegal entry. Police accused him of being an accomplice and he was detained for four days without being charged or taken to court. Police told family members that Harrison Manyati had committed no crime. When he was released he laid charges of assault against the police officers. According to an eyewitness, Manyati was tortured during the first two days of his detention, and then detained for two days to allow the wounds to heal. An independent post-mortem report concluded that Manyati’s death was a direct result of torture.

Policing and Human Rights -- Assessing southern African countries’ compliance with the SARPCCO Code of Conduct for Police Officials

Edited by Amanda Dissel & Cheryl Frank, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum APCOF, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-920489-81-6

www.academia.edu/2293474/Policing_and_Human_Rights_Assessing_Southern_African_countries_compliance_with_the_SARPCCO

[accessed 25 March 2014]

[ZIMBABWE] -- ARTICLE 4: TORTURE AND CRUEL, INHUMAN AND DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT

No police official shall, under any circumstances, inflict, instigate, or tolerate any act of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of any person.

There are numerous reports on torture, harassment, ill-treatment and arbitrary arrests against human rights activists, opposition party supporters and ordinary citizens.  Police, state security agents, and ZANU-PF supporters have been implicated in this violence. Torture and ill-treatment have been particularly rampant during and around Zimbabwe’s elections.

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61600.htm

[accessed 17 February 2013]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT – Although the constitution prohibits such practices, security forces tortured, raped, and otherwise abused persons. There continued to be reports that police used excessive force in apprehending and detaining criminal suspects. Government supporters continued to torture suspected opposition members and farm laborers.

On April 7, MDC MP-elect for Kuwadzana constituency, Nelson Chamisa, was arrested and detained for three days for allegedly inciting violence. Police denied Chamisa food while he was detained. Police officers removed him from the police station in the middle of the night, beat him, and removed him from the police vehicle and forced him to march in leg irons alongside the vehicle. On April 8, Chamisa's attorney officially complained to police officers in charge of the first police station, but there was no official action by year's end.

In December 2004 police arrested Kenny Karidza, the ZANU-PF deputy director of security, on charges of breaching the Official Secrets Act by allegedly selling state secrets to foreign governments. Karidza claimed police detained him at a police station for 14 days in underground cells and tortured him repeatedly. Subsequently, he was blindfolded and moved to a military camp. Karidza claimed he signed a written confession to end the torture. At year's end his trial had not yet begun.

There were no developments in the reported 2003 cases of torture and beating.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 7   Civil Liberties: 6   Status: Not Free

2009 Edition

www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2009/zimbabwe

[accessed 17 February 2013]

In general, security forces are accountable to the government but abuse citizens with impunity. They often ignore basic rights regarding detention, searches, and seizures. The government has taken no clear action to halt the rising incidence of torture and mistreatment of suspects in custody. ZANU-PF militias operate as de facto enforcers of government policies and have committed assault, torture, rape, extralegal evictions, and extralegal executions without fear of punishment; the incidence of these abuses increased significantly in 2008. Security forces have taken on major roles in crop collection, food distribution, and enforcement of monetary policy, and both the police and the military are heavily politicized.

Pretrial detention is a major problem, with some inmates held for over 10 years without trial. Scores of MDC officials and activists were abducted, charged with treason, and detained without due process throughout 2008; 16 remained in custody by year’s end. Prison conditions are harsh and life-threatening. Severe overcrowding and a major shortage of funds have contributed to a rise in HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis infections among inmates and the deterioration of already poor sanitation facilities. Deaths in prisons are often caused by disease or beatings by guards, and many prisoners rely on family members for food.

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