Attack on Luke Chipiro

MANICALAND - Luke Chipiro, 60, MDC chairman for Chitinha Branch, was abducted from Nataniel Mutetwa's house on June 24, 2008 by two soldiers, four youth militia in police uniform and a police Inspector Gwasela of Nyanyandazi police station.

He was taken to a torture camp at Nyanyadazi Training Centre and was assaulted by a number of militia including Mbuya Nehanda, Crispen Mhlaba, Joe Zvinya, Crosswell Mugombi, Mai Chabuda and many youths from Chaimiti.

Luke was beaten all over his body but mainly his back for several days. He was transferred to Mutambara Village, another torture base. He boarded a bus for Mutare on July 14 and is now recovering in hospital.

MCD activist murdered

BUHERA – Reuben Mutewe, 38, was brutally tortured on June 31 at Bedza torture base by armed Zanu (PF) militias and paratroopers led by Patrick Chimbare, Enos Chimbare and Funny Mambare.  

Mutewe, MDC Muteve Branch chairman, was abducted from his home by armed militias who accused him of mobilising people in the area to vote for MDC. They attacked him using machetes, axes and iron bars. He sustained deep cuts, internal injuries, broken legs and ribs. They left him for dead until he was taken to Murambinda Hospital by a well wisher. There was no medicine at the hospital, resulting in a painful death.

ZRP edits Herald copy

MASVINGO – Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson, Wayne Bvudzijena is now reportedly editing all violence related stories by the Herald. In an announcement that shocked other news editors gathered in Masvingo, The Herald news editor, Isdore Guvamombe, who is also a former freedom fighter, openly told workshop participants that the ZRP had demanded to see all stories on violence and that they therefore, had to send them to Bvudzijena for clearance before publishing.

Guvamombe said while Bvudzijena could not write copy like journalists, they just had to publish what he cleared. The news editor said this had been done for security reasons. Guvamombe said he would continue sending copy to Bvudzijena every day and would only publish after the ZRP spokesman had cleared the violence reports. Guvamombe said he did not expect any foul play in the write ups as the ZRP was ‘very professional’.

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