Researcher arrested for interviewing victims of 2008 violence

A researcher assigned by the MDC-T has reportedly been arrested in Gutu for interviewing victims of the political violence that rocked Zimbabwe in 2008, when Mugabe lost presidential elections to Morgan Tsvangirai.

A report in the NewsDay newspaper says Shepherd Mazorodze was: “Arrested last Sunday in Gutu while compiling a list of army generals accused of terrorising villagers before and after the 2008 disputed polls.”

Mazorodze was on Thursday granted US$20 bail when he appeared before Masvingo magistrate Learnmore Mapiye. Although he is being charged with “publishing falsehoods likely to undermine public confidence in the Zimbabwe National Army” Mazorodze said his report was for documentation purposes only and not for publication.

The case was remanded to the 30th April.

In 2008 members of the notorious Joint Operations Command (JOC) deployed over 200 senior army officers countrywide. These were used to coordinate Operation Mavhotera Papi, a murderous campaign that targeted people perceived to have voted for Tsvangirai.

The MDC estimates that 500 people were brutally murdered, although it’s believed the figure is many more than that, tens of thousands were tortured and raped and hundreds of thousands were displaced.

It’s reported that Mazorodze’s research documented senior army officials like Major General Engelbert Rugeje, Colonel Roger Magumise, Colonel Masanganise, Captain Ezra Gono and a sergeant only identified as Nkomo, as having taken part in the campaign of violence and murder.

Despite the formation of a coalition government in 2009, it’s believed many of these senior soldiers are still deployed in the areas they were sent to. SW Radio Africa understands Air Vice Marshal Henry Muchena, a fierce Mugabe loyalist, is coordinating ZANU PF’s election strategy and how to use these soldiers.

Other notorious soldiers being used include Brigadier General David Sigauke (Mashonaland West), Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba (Army HQ), Retired Brigadier General Victor Rungani (Mashonaland East) while Air Vice Marshal Abu Basutu will oversee matters in Matabeleland South province.

Below is a list supplied to SW Radio Africa showing some of the soldiers deployed

The list shows the province, district or constituency in which the soldier will be based and the name of the soldier:

Harare Metropolitan Province – AVM Karakadzai

Bulawayo Province – Col. C. Sibanda

Bulawayo central – Maj. J. Ndhlovu, Maj. J. Ncube

Manicaland and Mutare South – Brig. Tarumbwa

Buhera Central – Col. Morgan. Mzilikazi (MID)

Buhera North – Maj. L. M. Svosve

Buhera South – Maj. D. Muchena

Buhera West – Lt. Col. Kamonge, Major Nhachi

Chimanimani East – Lt. Col. Murecherwa

Chimanimani West – Maj. Mabvuu

Headlands – Col. Mutsvunguma

Makoni North – Maj. V. Chisuko

Makoni South – Wing Commander Mandeya

Mutare Central – Lt. Col. Tsodzai, Lt. Col. Sedze

Mutare West – Lt. Col. B. Kashiri

Mutare North – Lt. Col. Chizengwe, Lt. Col. Mazaiwana

Mashonaland Central – Brig. Gen. Shungu

Bindura South – Col. Chipwere

Bindura North – Lt. Col. Parwada

Muzarabani North – Lt. Col. Kazaza

Muzarabani South – Maj. H. Maziri

Rushinga – Col. F. Mhonda, Lt. Col. Betheuni

Shamva North – Lt. Col. Dzuda

Shamva South – Lt. Col. Makumire

Midlands Province – AVM Muchena, Brig. Gen. S. B. Moyo, Lt Colonel Kuhuni

Chirumhanzu South – Maj T. Tsvangirai

Mberengwa East – Col. B. Mavire

Mberengwa West – Maj T. Marufu

Matebeleland South – AVM Abu Basutu

Beit Bridge East – Group Cpt. Mayera, Rtd. Maj. Mbedzi, Lt. Col. B. Moyo

Gwanda South – Maj J. D. Moyo

Gwanda Central – Maj. B. Tshuma

Matopo North – Lt. Col. Maphosa

Matebeleland North – Brig. Gen. Khumalo

Binga North – Maj E. S. Matonga

Lupane East – Lt Col. Mkwananzi

Lupane West – Lt Col. Mabhena

Tsholotsho – Lt. Col. Mlalazi

Hwange Central – Lt. Col P. Ndhlovu

Masvingo Province – Maj. Gen. E. A. Rugeje

Bikita West – Maj. B. R. Murwira

Chiredzi Central – Col G. Mashava

Chiredzi West – Maj. E. Gono

Gutu South – Maj. Chimedza

Masvingo – Lt. Col. Takavingofa

Mwenezi West – Lt. Col. Muchono

Mwenezi East – Lt. Col. Mpabanga

Zaka East – Maj. R. Kwenda

Mash West Province – Brig. Gen. Sigauke

Chinhoyi – Col Gwekwerere

Chegutu East – Lt. Colonel W. Tutisa

Hurungwe East – Lt. Col. B. Mabambe

Mhondoro Mubaira – Col. C. T. Gurira

Zvimba North – Cpt. T. Majongwe

Mashonaland East – Rtd. Brig Gen Rungani

Chikomba Central – Lt. Col. Marara

Goromonzi North – Lt Col. Mudzimba, Maj F. Mbewe

Marondera Central – Maj. Gen. Chedondo (COSG), Lt. Col B. Kashiri

Marondera West Squadron Leader – U. Chitauro

Murehwa South – Maj. Gurure

Murehwa North – Lt. Col. Mukurazhizha, Lt. Col. Chinete

Gutu North-Retired Colonel Mutero Masanganise

Gutu South-Colonel Muchechetere SW Radio Africa

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