“5 unidentified armed males kidnapped Kanotunga from his home and assaulted him with blunt objects, indiscriminately. He was later dumped close to Chitungwiza,” the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Discussion board mentioned.
The Discussion board mentioned Kanotunga was interrogated about tomorrow’s protests.
The human rights physique condemned the assault on Mombeyarara and Kanotunga, calling them medieval makes an attempt by the State to intimidate human rights defenders.
“Using medieval ways to intimidate human rights defenders, together with abduction and torture, is deplorable. The Discussion board has additionally verified the torture of Tatenda Mombeyarara by which he was accused of regime change and organising the 16 August protest,” the Discussion board mentioned in an announcement.
Nationwide police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi mentioned regulation enforcement brokers had been investigating the 2 instances which occurred in Chitungwiza and Mufakose.
Mombeyarara is among the many seven activists who had been arrested in Could as they returned from a Centre for Utilized Non-Violent Motion and Methods workshop and charged with makes an attempt to unseat President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s authorities by way of unconstitutional means.
He’s out on bail whereas ready for trial on expenses of trying to subvert a constitutionally-elected authorities.
Among the activists, who face comparable expenses, have additionally reported that they’re being trailed day and evening by suspected State safety brokers.
MDC secretary-general Chalton Hwende mentioned he visited Mombeyarara in hospital and was shocked on the extent of the accidents he sustained.
“We’re coping with a brutal regime which fights concepts with weapons, whips and worry, however we is not going to be intimidated, we all know what is true for this nation and we’ll defend it. We’re a celebration of concepts and never weapons, we are saying no to conflict,” he mentioned.
Heal Zimbabwe Belief expressed concern on the enhance in experiences of abduction of activists.
It mentioned throughout the January 2019 peaceable protests, a number of human rights activists had been kidnapped within the crackdown that quickly adopted when the State unleashed the safety providers to provoke a sequence of focused abductions that primarily focused human rights activists from throughout the nation.
“Heal Zimbabwe notes that the continued use of abductions and torture as a device to punish and instil worry in residents to intimidate them from peacefully demonstrating and petitioning authorities will not be solely felony, but in addition regrettable,” HZT mentioned.
The MDC youth meeting mentioned the abductions had been a transparent provocation on civilians.
“As an meeting, we reiterate our name for non-violent engagement to proffer options to the illegitimacy and financial crises and that’s the very purpose why we have now implored peaceable means to register our discontentment in all our 20 years of existence as a celebration,” youth meeting spokesperson Stephen Sarkozy Chuma mentioned.
“It is extremely clear that the State’s newest new low is an indication of cowardice and desperation to cease our August 16 mass motion programme.”